Autopsy Finds Bath Salts to Be the Cause of One Death in Missouri

Written by Eliza Player on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in Bath Salts

A Missouri man, who police tried to subdue while he was naked and proclaiming to be God, died from the toxic effects of bath salts. According to, Joshua Amir Nossoughi died at a hospital just two hours after police fought to subdue him during a bath-salt-fueled episode.  He tried to break in City Hall when officers attempted to arrest him.  Nossoughi was not phased by five separate Taser shocks, pepper spray, or two dozen bat strikes to his legs.  As officers tried to contain the man, he fought while he was sweating profusely, making him slippery in the officer’s grips.  Eventually, officers handcuffed Nossoughi as he continued fighting.  It took six men to wrestle and secure him into a stretcher.  His heart stopped in the ambulance, and paramedics fought to revive him as he was rushed to Cox South Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Nossoughi’s body temperature had risen to 105 degrees.  ”Basically his body temperature was too high to sustain life,” said Deputy Medical Examiner Tom Van De Burg.  The autopsy found MDPV, the active ingredient in bath salts, in the victims blood and liver.  During the autopsy, medical examiners noticed some superficial bruising and small burns from the Taser, but this had nothing to do with them Nossoughi’s death.  The official cause of death was hyperthermia, resulting from the use of MDPV.

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Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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