Saturday, July 5, 2014

Never let the truth get in the way of a good headline

Similar to how the 2012 incident in Miami that became associated with "bath salts" resulted in a wildfire-type spread of media hysteria, a plethora of Internet articles centered on MDPV (methylenedioxypyrovalerone) started appearing on June 30th and multiplied rapidly over the course of a day or so. At this time, I quickly count approximately 20 or so articles using the word "cannibal" in the title.

Here are just a few:


Let me state this here on this blog:

MDPV, other substituted cathinones, or any other "bath salt" drug were not involved in the incident the media termed as "the Miami Causeway Cannibal". Rudy Eugene's attack on Ronald Poppo in Miami, Florida in 2012 was not MDPV or "bath salt"-related. Period. Other than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), NO substances were detected in Mr. Eugene's blood specimen taken by authorities. I'm sure the laboratories doing the analysis were of the highest forensic toxicology accreditation/certification and utilized the most up-to-date analytical technologies.

The lesson here is that media loves to take a story and run - whether there is evidence of truth or not.

My advice:

"Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see."

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