Calgary police are investigating a possible second case of bath salts use in the city.
At 1:51 a.m., police were called to the 100-block of Dovertree Place after witnesses saw an unidentified young man between the ages of 18 to 25-years-old hurting himself.
“He was seen in the alley nearly naked,” said duty inspector Paul Malchow.
“Witnesses saw him smashing his face against a fence multiple times and acting completely irrational.”
“When officers arrived at the scene they located the man. He was seen staring in a state of wonder and not responsive to officer’s commands. He was bleeding heavily from the injuries to his face. When we had sufficient amount of officers on hand along with EMS, he was subdued.”
Malchow said EMS needed to chemically subdue the man.
“Officers described him as having super-human strength and a very high threshold for pain,” he said.
The man was taken to hospital in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police believe he was on some kind of drug, but do not know what he may have ingested.
They are awaiting test results to see if it was bath salts.
“We don’t know. It’s a possibility, but we don’t know. And he wasn’t in any state to offer us any information given his condition.”
The drug bath salts – which look like the harmless additive added for bathing – are legal in Canada but the federal government is working on banning them. The drug is snorted, ingested or smoked and can be pressed into a pill or capsule. It mimics the effects of ecstasy and methamphetamine.
On Saturday, an officer was injured when trying to subdue a man who was believed to be high on bath salts in a home in Bridlewood. It was believed to be the first case of bath salts use in Calgary.