Woman high on 'cannibal drug' dies after police use stun gunA woman high on 'bath salts', the same drug used by the Miami cannibal who ate his victim's face, died after police used a stun gun on her following a naked rampage in which she choked her son and attacked neighbours.Pamela McCarthy went into cardiac arrest after being taken into custody
5:11PM BST 15 Jun 2012
Police were alerted after neighbours reported that Pamela McCarthy was punching and choking her son in a violent frenzy.
The police have said that McCarthy was 'violently combative' as they arrived at the scene, growling at them and attempting to bite one of the officers. After attempts to subdue her with pepper spray had no effect, the 35 year-old mother from Munnsville, New York, USA, was tasered and handcuffed. She went into cardiac arrest after being taken into custody and later died in hospital.
A further report confirmed she also attempted to strangle her own dog. An eyewitness told WSYR local news website: 'She was rolling around on the ground with her legs wrapped around it – she was strangling the dog.'
McCarthy's son was taken by ambulance to hospital in Syracuse to be treated for minor injuries. Jason Williams, McCarthy's boyfriend who rushed to the safety of the three-year-old later confirmed his partner had a history of drug abuse.
'Bath salts', a synthetic amphetamine are believed to be behind a recent outbreak of horrifying attacks across the USA. Last month, Rudy Eugene was shot dead by police in Miami after they found him eating the face of homeless man Ronald Poppo.
Elsewhere in Miami, a 21 year-old man allegedly tried to bite off a police officer's hand after he was arrested for disturbing customers in a restaurant. Further cases include an incident in Louisiana when a man was arrested after biting a chunk out ofhis neighbour's cheek.
Health professionals in America have expressed their concern at the rising number of cases involving bath salts. "These drugs perhaps in some way turn off the higher functioning areas of the brain and really reduce people to a very primal instinct," said Dr. Alexander Garrard of the Upstate Poison Control Centre. Statistic released by the centre show that in 2011, 118 cases were reported whilst in contrast 141 cases have been reported in the first five months of 2012 alone.
New forms of bath salts are emerging all the time as manufacturers and dealers seek to stay ahead of the authorities, preventing doctors from effectively keeping track of the drug's composition.
"We as public health care providers really don't know what to make of it. We have an idea how to manage it, but there is no anecdote for something like this. That's the scary part," Garrard said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9334586/Woman-high-on-cannibal-drug-dies-after-police-use-stun-gun.html