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Another mom abuses bath salts, strips and goes ballistic in maternity ward

posted at 2:12 pm on July 10, 2012 by

The summer of naked bath salts-induced attacks continues apace. The latest abuser of the powerful hallucinogen was a brand-new mother in Altoona, Pa., who couldn’t wait until she had left the maternity ward to smoke a dose, strip naked, and embark on a violent rampage.

The Altoona Mirror reports that on June 17, two days after giving birth, 31-year-old Carla Murphy was found by a nurse rolling around on a shower floor naked and confused. When roused, Murphy sprung into frenetic action, taking off down the hall, screaming profanities and kicking and punching whoever crossed her path.

Hospital medical personnel were able to restrain her long enough to administer the anti-psychotic drug Haldol. But before the medication kicked in, Murphy became more aggressive, ultimately leaving staff no alternative but to summon police, who managed to get her back to her bed but not before she had bitten one of the officers.

Once the Haldol took effect, Murphy fell asleep—and was promptly handcuffed and arrested. Police found a pen among her possessions that had been dismantled and was covered in what appeared to be a drug residue. They also found a silver disc containing a white powder that Murphy identified as Disco—a street name for bath salts.

Later that day, police visited Murphy’s home accompanied by a Blair County Children, Youth & Families caseworker who had been sent to conduct an inspection of the residence. Michael W. Stewart, Murphy’s live-in boyfriend, authorized the inspection and also granted police permission to search the couple’s bedroom.

Once inside, police allegedly found an array of drug paraphernalia, including needles, aluminum foil, bath salt containers, and a broken glass bottle coated in a brown residue. Murphy and Stewart were both charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Murphy additionally faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, harassment, and several drug counts, including felony possession of a designer drug.

Stewart and Murphy are due to appear before a magisterial district judge on Aug. 8.

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“But, really, we should legalize all drugs. Libertarianism is the answer.” –Paulbot

Shump on July 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Once inside, police allegedly found an array of drug paraphernalia, including needles, aluminum foil, bath salt containers, and a broken glass bottle coated in a brown residue. Murphy and Stewart were both charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Why can’t these drug-addled idiots just eat eachother? Why do they have to involve others?

crazy_legs on July 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

“But, really, we should legalize all drugs. Libertarianism is the answer.” –Paulbot

Shump on July 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

And outlawing drugs has succeeded…in what way, exactly, other than driving up the price and creating opportunities for criminal enterprise?

MadisonConservative on July 10, 2012 at 3:22 PM

So… what happened to the baby?

Fallon on July 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

“But, really, we should legalize all drugs. Libertarianism is the answer.” –Paulbot

Shump on July 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Gee, somebody should have told Carla Murphy that drugs are illegal. That surely would have stopped her!

GETTING HIGH ON STRAW, MAN!

Jeddite on July 10, 2012 at 3:55 PM

And outlawing drugs has succeeded…in what way, exactly, other than driving up the price and creating opportunities for criminal enterprise?

MadisonConservative on July 10, 2012 at 3:22 PM

These “bath salts” are really dangerous. We’ve had several cases of men who strip naked, attack people, and try to eat them. Now a woman is doing the same in a maternity ward. What if she had gotten loose in the nursery and attacked defenseless newborn babies?

Libertarians might claim that cannibalism is already illegal, but sane, law-abiding people don’t strip naked and bite other people. Any drug that incites such intolerable behavior needs to be banned.

Steve Z on July 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Libertarians might claim that cannibalism is already illegal, but sane, law-abiding people don’t strip naked and bite other people. Any drug that incites such intolerable behavior needs to be banned.

Steve Z on July 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Good thing you chose “cannibalism” as a “drug” and not a much more obvious example, like “alcohol”. Very clever. Really helps frame that strawman debate you’re trying to have… with somebody.

Jeddite on July 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Who the hell came up with this? Did somebody go through their house, smoking everything that isn’t nailed down until, EUREKA! Bath salts, that’s the ticket.

stacybernardslay on July 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

And outlawing drugs has succeeded…in what way, exactly, other than driving up the price and creating opportunities for criminal enterprise?

MadisonConservative on July 10, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Well, for one thing, it gives us an avenue to remove the newborn child from that home. Which, while awful, is likely a much better outcome than having to live there.

TexasDan on July 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Bath salts, that’s the ticket.

stacybernardslay on July 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

It’s a street name. They’re not literally smoking epsom salt.

TexasDan on July 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

These “bath salts” are really dangerous. We’ve had several cases of men who strip naked, attack people, and try to eat them. Now a woman is doing the same in a maternity ward. What if she had gotten loose in the nursery and attacked defenseless newborn babies?

Those “bath salts” are perfectly legal. Once again, I ask: what has the War on Drugs done to stop this? Nothing. So why are we paying billions of dollars to do nothing to stop the tide of drugs?

Libertarians might claim that cannibalism is already illegal, but sane, law-abiding people don’t strip naked and bite other people. Any drug that incites such intolerable behavior needs to be banned.

Steve Z on July 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

You don’t understand the situation. “Bath salts” are basically chemical offshoots of crystal meth. In order for the government to successfully ban it, the process takes time. Unfortunately, it takes only minor structural tweaks to turn the substance into something not covered by the new ban. It’s a very clever system.

And by the way, sane people ignore all kinds of laws, including drug laws. Some of them ignore gun laws. Should we make more gun laws?

MadisonConservative on July 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM

MadCon – the long and short of it is less laws in general and focus on distributors. What we’ve been trying to do is catch every shaggy-haired loser with a handful of pot or a few buck’s worth of crack.

You want to surrender in the war on drugs, then let’s go all the way and surrender in the war on terror. Because if we don’t have the guts to keep our youth from chemical slavery, the WoT is little more than Whak-A-Terrorist.

MelonCollie on July 11, 2012 at 12:33 AM

whatever happened to the good old days of growing a plant in your closet and occasionally making a midnight run in some ranchers pasture for shrooms? Bath salts? What nut job came up with this? “Dude…..take a hit of this Calgon. By the way, why do I have a craving for some ribs or braised cheeks?”

Renee on July 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Drug abuse is a form both of drunkenness and sorcery.

splink on July 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Awesome.

MadCon – the long and short of it is less laws in general and focus on distributors. What we’ve been trying to do is catch every shaggy-haired loser with a handful of pot or a few buck’s worth of crack.

100% agreed, but with nearly a million arrests taking place every year over marijuana alone(more than half of all drug arrests), and three-quarters of a million of them for possession alone, our government sure doesn’t seem interested in getting their priorities straight in battling drugs that seriously threaten our society.

You want to surrender in the war on drugs, then let’s go all the way and surrender in the war on terror. Because if we don’t have the guts to keep our youth from chemical slavery, the WoT is little more than Whak-A-Terrorist.

MelonCollie on July 11, 2012 at 12:33 AM

The War on Terror, sadly, is a failure. We cower before crowds rioting over cartoons and ban the name “Muhammed” from our f**king television shows. If we showed nearly the hostility towards psychopathic religious fanatics that we show towards your average stoner, maybe we might have a chance.

MadisonConservative on July 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Drug abuse is a form both of drunkenness and sorcery.

splink on July 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Awesome.

Not as far-fetched as you might think…from veteran street preacher David Wilkerson:

“Certainly we cannot claim a magical cure for dope addiction. The devil that hides in that needle is so deadly strong that any such claim would be folly.”

100% agreed, but with nearly a million arrests taking place every year over marijuana alone(more than half of all drug arrests), and three-quarters of a million of them for possession alone, our government sure doesn’t seem interested in getting their priorities straight in battling drugs that seriously threaten our society.

No the gov’t isn’t; although you kind of reinforced my point. It is not physically possible to go after every case of possession when turning our bodies into chemical dumps has become the biggest national pasttime after baseball.

The War on Terror, sadly, is a failure. We cower before crowds rioting over cartoons and ban the name “Muhammed” from our f**king television shows. If we showed nearly the hostility towards psychopathic religious fanatics that we show towards your average stoner, maybe we might have a chance.

MadisonConservative on July 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I’ll be blunt: I didn’t think you’d answer that question at all. +100 to you for not only answering but being completely honest with no frivolous insults or namecalling. And I totally agree.

MelonCollie on July 11, 2012 at 11:17 AM


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