As the first pictures of the victim of Miami’s “naked cannibal” were released, a former drug addict has described the horror of overdosing on the drug attacker Rudy Eugene is speculated to have been on during his bloody rampage.
The 27-year-old became addicted to the powder when he was just 13 or 14-years-old and appeared on the news channel alongside a video of himself under the influence of it, shot by the Bristol, Tennessee Police Department.
Footage of Freddy Sharp overdosing on bath salts was aired on CNN
Writhing, pulling faces and singing to himself, Sharp is seen variously restrained and lying face down on the ground, panting and grunting.
He said: “It really scared me bad, I was hallucinating about being in a mental institution and something about Jason Voorhees (a fictional villain from the Friday The 13th series) and being possessed by him.
"I felt all kinds of crazy.”
When asked what was going through his mind during the episode, the Tennessee native recalled: “Fear, darkness and it felt like impending doom was coming down on me and I was possessed.
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“I kept trying to stop whatever was in me from continuing further and it felt like I was about to bust loose and actually hurt somebody.
“I had never felt fear like that and it was one of the most horrible experiences of my life, I don’t know why I did it, it happened it’s behind me now and I’m trying to move on.”
Although a toxicology report on Eugene is still pending, it is widely believed he was using the drug when he partially chewed off the face of homeless man Ronald Poppo.
Armando Aguilar, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, revealed his theory, adding users “go completely insane and become very violent.”
Ronald Poppo (right) and Rudy Eugene, left
The drug, which is banned in many states, can cause severe agitation, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, paranoia and symptoms of psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions.
It can also lead to overheating of the body, which is why so many users remove their clothing.
The aftermath of the gruesome assault was captured on film by a Miami Herald surveillance camera.
Poppo, who is being treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital, allowed two pictures of himself to be released on Tuesday.
The pictures reveal one of his eyes was lost to the attack while the other is covered by gauze. Poppo’s nose is missing and his forehead is a mass of scabs.
Doctors told the press approximately 50 per cent of his face is missing, that the patient remembers the attack, understands he is in hospital and is aware of the media coverage.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: The Jackson Memorial Foundation has set up a fund to assist Ronald Poppo in his recovery, which experts in facial reconstruction have said will include lengthy treatment, staged reconstruction, and psychological care. Donations can be made by check or online at jmf.org.
The first police officers on the scene rush towards Rudy Eugene and Ronald Poppo following the attack on Miami's MacArthur Causeway on May 26
A pair of naked legs can be seen in the images, which were captured by the Miami Herald's surveillance camera
Officers approach the two men
It is unknown if Rudy Eugene had been shot dead at this point
An officer vaults over the wall as he races towards the bloody scene
Crowds gather at the horrific scene
A City of Miami police officer stands watch near the scene
This is believed to be one of the first pictures taken after Rudy Eugene was shot dead by police. A seriously injured Ronald Poppo lies beside him
An undated mugshot of Rudy Eugene
An undated mugshot of Ronald Poppo
A pixellated image of Ronald Poppo's injuries upon his arrival to Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital
Conscious and speaking, Ronald Poppo allowed this photo of himself to be released by the hospital
Ronald Poppo holds onto the hands of two Jackson Memorial Hospital staff
Yovanka Bryant,left, and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, discuss a recent attack on a homeless man by Brant's boyfriend Rudy Eugene, during a news conference, Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Miami. Bryant said she last heard from Eugene, the day before he chewed off the face of a homeless man alongside a Miami highway. A police officer shot and killed Eugene. The homeless man remains hospitalized. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Yovanka Bryant, right, and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, show a photo of Bryant and her boyfriend Rudy Eugene, during a news conference, Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Miami. Bryant said she last heard from Eugene the day before he chewed off the face of a homeless man alongside a Miami highway. A police officer shot and killed Eugene. The homeless man remains hospitalized. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Former 'bath salts' addict Freddy Sharp told CNN about his experience of the drug Rudy Eugene is believed to have been under the influence off when he attacked Ronald Poppo
Westbound traffic on the MacArthur Causeway, approaching the Northeast 13th Street ramp in Miami, is backed up Saturday May 26, 2012, after a police officer fatally shot a naked man on the ramp who was chewing on the face of another naked man. The victim remained hospitalized Monday. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Marsha Halper) MAGS OUT
A Google Maps image of where the attack occurred