MONKEY Dust is a terrifying new drug that turns users into face-eating 'Incredible Hulk' cannibals.
Here's what we know about the new synthetic high.
What is Monkey Dust?
Monkey dust also goes by the name of MDPV or Methylenedioxypyrovalerone.
It was first developed in the 1960s by a team at German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim.
MDPV remained relatively obscure in the drug world until around 2004 when it reportedly began to be sold as a designer drug.
Sometimes labelled as "bath salts", they were readily available at US petrol stations, bookshops and convenience stores before they were outlawed in 2012 by Barack Obama.
The drug usually comes in the form of a yellowish white powder, which can be ingested, injected and snorted.
Is the synthetic drug illegal in the UK?
MDPV is a Class B drug under The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2010, making it illegal to sell, buy, or possess without a license.
Monkey dust can be picked up for as little as £2 per hit, which makes those with existing dependency issues particularly vulnerable, as it can act as a cheap alternative to other drugs.
Cops and paramedics in Stoke-on-Trent have warned that usage has become an "epidemic" - with one saying walking through the city was like the "living dead".
What are the effects?
Monkey Dust - has been linked to a series of grusome "face-eating" attacks in the US.
The synthetic drug's potent effects last for three days - with some users left unable to feel pain for up to a week.
Addicts commonly believe they are being chased, and often try to climb building and lampposts to escape beasts from their vivid hallucinations.
Excessive use can lead to users sweat smelling strongly of prawns and vinegar.
Staffordshire based paramedic Ann Armstrong, who has worked for the local Ambulance service for 16 years, told Sky News: "You just don't know what they will do... I've had one trying to set my trousers on fire as I was treating him.
"It is an epidemic and something needs to be done."
PC Rich Frost added: "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."
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