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article image'Cannibal' drug hits Ibiza's party scene

By Anne Sewell     Jul 1, 2014 in World
San Antonio - The head of the drug squad on the Spanish Balearic Island of Ibiza has spoken to the media about a recent spate of biting attacks happening on the holiday island. This is apparently carried out by tourists, high on MDPV, sometimes known as bath salts.
Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is a drug that causes extreme bouts of violence among its users. It is the same drug that may have led Rudy Eugene to viciously bite a homeless man's face off in Miami back in June 2012.
Now MDPV has apparently found its way to the Balearic Island of Ibiza where within just four days, hospital staff have treated several tourists affected by the drug. They say it is more like treating a cannibal or zombie than an actual patient, with one being so extremely aggressive, Matilde Fernández, a nurse at a San Antonio Health Center said he had to be handcuffed.
“Several police officers tried to hold him down on the stretcher, he ended up on the floor and then he bit the hand of one of the officers," Fernández said, "Fortunately he had gloves on and only suffered bruising. Police had to call back up and we ended up with eight officers on the scene," she added.
According to Ibiza police, they theorize that dealers in the party town of San Antonio are testing the popularity of the drug among young party-goers before importing it in bulk.
Alberto Arean, head of the anti-drugs squad, told Radio Ibiza that their hope is that "it was just a small batch and has now been consumed."
However, health chief for the Balearic Islands, Raul Izquierdo warned these particular drugs were "especially dangerous" because of their "unknown side effects."
He added: "Ibiza is the gateway and the experimental laboratory for the new drugs that appear."
Ironically, Digital Journal reported Monday that the British Embassy was exaggerating situations in Ibiza in a new leaflet, to scare UK tourists. With the latest news, It is possible they were not too far off the mark.
Reportedly just five milligrams of MDVP can stay in a person's system for up to a week, causing violent behavior such as biting, hallucinations, paranoia and panic attacks. Reportedly in some cases it incites users to commit suicide.
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