|Two kilograms of suspected bath salts. (Handout/file photo)
CALGARY — Police say there's no indication the drug bath salts played a role in a local man injuring himself early Tuesday.
Around 1:30 a.m., police were alerted to a man seen smashing his face on a fence in an alley in the city's southeast end.
When police arrived, they found a bloodied, almost naked man covered in blood on the ground. He was unresponsive to the officers' orders, Insp. Paul Malchow said.
"Officers describe him having superhuman strength and a high threshold for pain," Malchow said.
"When there were sufficient officers on hand, they were able to restrain him."
He said five police officers, overseen by paramedics, controlled the unidentified young man.
The man, suffering head injuries, was taken to hospital.
Malchow said doctors there suspect the man was intoxicated on either crystal meth or bath salts.
"We'll know better once we're able to talk to him," he said.
But at a press conference later in the morning, Staff Sgt. Geoff Gawlinski said they have no way to link bath salts or any other drug to what happened.
"We deal with numerous cases involving mental health issues," he said, adding there is a "possibility" a drug like bath salts could be involved.
No charges are pending against the man because he hadn't broken any laws, Gawlinski said.
Bath salts, or methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), is a legal chemical stimulant that the federal government is preparing to restrict.
It's been dubbed bath salts for its physical similarity to the bathing product.