Unless you’ve been living under a rock in some foreign country, you’ve heard about the new drug hitting the street in some of the major cities. The young man, high on bath salts, that attacked a homeless man in Florida, or the college student who killed and then hacked up a man who was staying with him and his family, are just some of the stories reported by the news in the last three or four weeks. They’re horrid stories with fairly violent arrests, and the culprit is something that your grandparents once used to soothe sore muscles.
In the attack in Florida, it took no-less than six shots from police firearms to take down the perpetrator and get him off of the victim. The victim will require extensive reconstructive surgery to his face. The victim, also, lost one eye and ear as a result of the violent manner of the attack. One man does drugs, and two suffer as a result is not a new story but the types of violence occurring with this drug are very different. As a rule, the violence associated with most drugs ends with one victim—usually a pusher—dead and the other spending life in prison. Bath salts have changed that dynamic to a gruesome degree with the innocent being attacked and physically mauled, and in some cases murdered.
Most of us, in smaller towns, across the nation do not associate many crimes with the area we live in. True enough, some areas have seen a rise in crimes that were never present before; however, for the most part, crimes involving cannibalism and things of that nature are more prevalent in cities where the population is much higher and the availability of drugs is balanced to that dynamic. Yesterday’s newsproved that this drug is everywhere.
Denison, Texas is home to a community college that serves most of Grayson County. Thus, the name of the institution is Grayson County College. Fortunately, in this case, an officer was injured but not killed and the victim was subdued with Tasers, in contrast to gunshots. The young woman was taken to the hospital, after a considerable struggle to calm her, where they learned she had used the bath salts. Needless to say, it’s a situation that small-town police forces haven’t seen and certainly not at all common on college campuses.
The most frightening portion of the story is the ease with which this drug can be obtained. Just as we’ve seen spray paint and other aerosol cans restricted in sales to minors, and sinus medicines relegated to prescription use only, bath salts must now be removed from the store shelves to keep drug dealers from purchasing and cutting them to manufacture a highly dangerous drug.
It’s horrendous to imagine that we will have walking zombies among us, but this drug is as bad as it can get and too easy to acquire. The moral compass of this nation has reached a new low, and we are seeing the effects on our youth from coast to coast. We have strayed so far from God and the goals and aspirations of the great generations that came before us, until we have begotten children and grandchildren who willingly take a drug knowing that they might become the next zombie attacker in the news.
We can remove drugs from the shelves; however, the problem is much deeper and less easily resolved. As a nation, we have to return to a system that believes in rights and wrongs, and does not use excuses for horrendous behavior.