A young meth junkie gouged his own eyeballs out and ate them while being high on drugs in Newcastle, Australia.
An unnamed man was rushed to the John Hunter Hospital with blood streaming from his face and no eyeballs in his eye sockets. Investigations revealed that at the moment of the incident the man was high on methamphitamine (crystal meth) known as ice and did not account for his actions.
Crystal meth is a synthetic drug that can induce psychosis, rhabdomyolysis and cerebral hemorrhage. It is also known in drug circles as the 'poor man's cocaine'.
The story became known after Australian MP Karen McNamara gave its details at the Ice Summit, where she said: “There is nothing at all recreational about this drug. Let me tell you a story that demonstrates this, about a young boy taken into an emergency department for treatment who gouged out his own eyeballs and ate them. We have to get these kinds of stories out to young people.”
A spokesperson for the hospital did not give any more details on the incident. Methamphetamine is a nervous system stimulant that is used as a recreational drug and, rarely, to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obesity. Recreationally, methamphetamine is used to increase sexual desire, lift the mood, and increase energy, allowing some users to engage in sexual activity continuously for several days straight.
In low doses, methamphetamine can cause an elevated mood and increase alertness, concentration, and energy in fatigued individuals. At higher doses, it can induce psychosis, rhabdomyolysis and cerebral hemorrhage. Methamphetamine is known to have a high potential for abuse and addiction.