Public sentiment and perspectives regarding the recent incident of a in-the-flesh-eating “zombie” gone wild is a cautionary tale raising the anxieties and potentially uncontrollable consequences of a turbulent society.

But, it’s about more than just public obsession with the “Walking Dead” craze. In fact, because of the infatuation and cult following of zombies in pop culture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began a blog titled “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.” CDC officials say it’s all about emergency preparation, despite the poor taste in campaign names. The effort stemmed from concerns over radiation fears following the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan last year.

CDC spokesman Dave Daigle told FoxNews.com that someone had asked CDC officials if zombies would be a concern due to radiation fears in Japan and traffic spiked following that mention. “It’s kind of a tongue-in-cheek campaign,” Daigle said. “We were talking about hurricane preparedness and someone bemoaned that we kept putting out the same messages.”

Are we going down a “Walking Dead” path?

In an unstable global economic environment, concerns are paramount as more and more people panic financially from being increasingly poor, hungry, homeless, and jobless. People around the world are becoming angrier and less trusting of the establishment. Ruling governments are viewed as profiting economically from cheap labor and guaranteed free markets while the less fortunate bear the costs and tax burdens. Worsening circumstances have given rise to the Tea Party, Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street movements.
Throw in the mix are additional threats related to terrorist attacks, weapons of mass destruction, bioterrorism, nuclear proliferation, lethal disease pandemics and cyber warfare.

So it’s no coincidence that at first glance, the unthinkable was considered when news reports went viral about a naked man in Miami, Florida last week who chewed off the face of another man in a zombie-like attack. The incident was stopped only after a police officer shot the attacker several times, killing him. Unknown at the time, the “zombie” was acting under the influence of bath salts.

Doctors and clinicians at U.S. Poison centers are increasingly concerned about products marketed as bath salts that are causing increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia and delusions.

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As of April 30, 2012, there have been 1,107 closed human exposures calls to poison centers about exposures to bath salts.

Bath salts are laced with a dangerous chemical which elicits extreme adverse events and side effects in people who use them to get high. The products are believed to contain Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MPDV, a chemical that is not approved for medical use in the United States. These substances are also sold as insect repellants or plant fertilizers.
The products have been sold on the Internet and, in some states, are being sold at gas stations and head shops. They’re known by a variety of names, including “Red Dove,” “Blue Silk,” “Zoom,” “Bloom,” “Cloud Nine,” “Ocean Snow,” “Lunar Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” “Ivory Wave,” “White Lightning,” “Scarface” and “Hurricane Charlie.”

They can cause a person to become psychotic.

“We are incredibly concerned about the extreme paranoia being reported by people who are taking these drugs,” said Mark Ryan, director of the Louisiana Poison Center, back in 2010. He said then, the products were being touted as cocaine substitutes and caused intense cravings akin to methamphetamine use. He worried that the paranoia could cause those experimenting with the drugs to harm themselves and others. Ryan said most patients calling poison centers have snorted the substances. In at least one case, he said, a person injected the substance into his veins.

Henry A. Spiller, director of the Kentucky Regional Poison Center, said the patients his center has treated “are having a break with reality.”

“They have completely lost it,” he said.

This exact thought was probably shared by many upon first hearing the news about the zombie attack before becoming aware and learning more about bath salts.
Only in a different framework. “Have things really gotten so bad that people are losing their minds and eating people now.”

MELISSA BYNES BROOKS is the editor of BrooksSleepReview. Contact information: melissabynesbrooks@comcast.net Follow on Twitter @Mlbbrooks

Melissa Bynes Brooks is the editor of BrooksSleepReview. She is the Clinical Coordinator of Coral Springs Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, in Broward County, Fl. She is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist and Certified Respiratory Therapist with a B.S. in Respiratory Therapy from FAMU and MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Contact information: melissabynesbrooks@comcast.net

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