A man high on a type of spice known as ‘Black Mamba’ has cut off his own nose.
Police Officers spent over 30 minutes trying to restrain the man who had chopped his nose off.
He has been described as having an extreme psychotic episode, Police officers had to restrain him and carry him down three flights of stairs to a waiting ambulance.
The man is recovered in hospital and is receiving specialist support following the incident at his address in the Newtown area of Birmingham on October 12 last year.
The drug that cost him his nose and nearly his life coss just £5 a gram and is described as being like “synthetic cannabis” – but some say it is more like heroin.
Its effects can leave users in a zombie-like state for hours where they appear frozen to the spot.
Other symptoms include psychotic episodes, hallucinations, seizures, vomiting and uncontrollable body movements.
Birmingham Police Superintendent Andy Parsons, said: “Some people are still viewing Black Mamba as a low-risk drug substitute and are taking it without any consideration for their safety.
“But our view is that there is no safe way to use Spice or Mamba.
“The reality is that these psychoactive substances can have catastrophic effects.
“Unscrupulous distributers are making it using dangerous, potent chemicals which can be lethal effect, while the psychological impact can be devastating and lead people to self-harm or harm others.
“We cannot stress enough that Black Mamba is a very dangerous drug.
“It is also now illegal to possess synthetic cannabis like Black Mamba and Spice so users could end up with criminal records.”
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