STOKE BRACED FOR ZOM­BIE CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST New death drug makes users ‘as strong as In­cred­i­ble Hulk’

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IF you’re not keen on the idea of be­ing eaten alive by a zom­bie with su­per­hu­man strength, DON’T go to Stoke- on- Trent.

Be­cause the Pot­ter­ies city is in the grip of a chill­ing drug epi­demic that has BLOODY HELL: Tramp had face eaten off by drug user “In­cred­i­ble Hulk” users charg­ing around the streets, lust­ing for blood and smelling faintly of prawns!

The il­le­gal pow­der, known as Mon­key Dust, can be bought for as lit­tle as £ 2 a hit – and can leave users in what hor­ri­fied cops call a “zom­bie- like state” and com­pletely im­per­vi­ous to pain.

Emer­gency ser­vices are close to be­ing over­whelmed by the epi­demic, with around 10 calls EV­ERY DAY re­lated to Mon­key Dust.

The drugs are avail­able to buy on­line and it’s feared more peo­ple across the coun­try will start tak­ing the ad­dic­tive pow­der be­cause it’s be­ing sold at such a low cost.

But for the mo­ment it’s Stoke that’s Ground Zero for the Mon­key Dust epi­demic.

Lo­cal cop PC Rich Frost said: “When you are try­ing to re­strain them, it’s like you are deal­ing with some­one who thinks they are the In­cred­i­ble Hulk. “The strength is un­be­liev­able.” Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Jeff CHILL­ING: Stoke’s streets are in the grip of a Mon­key Dust epi­demic Moore said: “The public may be fa­mil­iar with users wan­der­ing about in a zom­bie- like state af­ter tak­ing these drugs, but this is some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“There are var­i­ous strains of these drugs and what we are see­ing now is peo­ple be­com­ing ex­tremely ag­i­tated and para­noid. Some­times they can be vi­o­lent.

“They’re of­ten try­ing to get away from things, so they’ll climb up build­ings or run into traf­fic.

“Pre­vi­ously, we’ve been mainly con­cerned about the risk of over­dose and the af­fect drugs have on users’ health.

“That’s still a con­cern, but now we’re see­ing peo­ple at risk of phys­i­cal in­jury be­cause of their be­hav­iour.

“And even when they are in­jured, they can stay in that para­noid state for two or three days, which is putting a sig­nif­i­cant strain on our re­sources and that of the am­bu­lance and the hos­pi­tal.

“It’s also much cheaper than other drugs. While heroin can WRECKS IN THE CITY: Is this the fu­ture for the folk of Stoke? cost £ 10, Mon­key Dust is be­ing sold for just £ 2 or £ 3.

“We want to raise aware­ness of this prob­lem. We want peo­ple to know this isn’t a fun, so­cial drug – it’s caus­ing se­ri­ous harm.”

Also known by the sin­is­ter monikers ‘ Zom­bie Dust’ and ‘ Cannibal Dust’, MDPV or MDPHP, it is thought to be the same sub­stance that led to user Rudy Eu­gene, 31, eat­ing the FACE off tramp Ron­ald Poppo.

Bizarrely, along with the other ef­fects, the drug also makes users’ sweat smell of prawns or vine­gar.

Now public health of­fi­cials are try­ing to fig­ure out how to halt the spread of the plague.

One source said: “One op­tion is to set up a cor­don san­i­taire around Stoke and let no­body in or out un­til the epi­demic has burned it­self out.

“But that would in­volve trap­ping tens of thou­sands of peo­ple in Stoke with no chance of es­cape.

“That would be in­hu­man, even without flesh- eat­ing zom­bies on the loose.”

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