MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) wants a ban on the drug mephedrone, known by the street name “bath salts.”
The drug has been linked to a cannibalism case in Miami, Florida. A video of the case, which showed a man eating the face of a homeless person, has gone viral.
The suspect initially showed no signs of weakening even after being shot at by police.
He eventually died of several gunshot wounds.
There are other US incidents of mephedrone users exhibiting delirium and violence.
PDEA officials say there have been no mephedrone incidents in Southeast Asia but they are subjecting several brands of bath salts to tests.
The Bureau of Customs has also been alerted against the entry of mephedrone to the country.
PDEA has also recommended that the drug be included in the country’s list of dangerous drugs.