New synthetic drug hits south Florida, known to cause paranoia, hallucinations, and violent behavior with little reward from the intended meth-like high.
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What Is Flakka?
Flakka is a slang term for a synthetic drug known as alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (Alpha-PVP). These synthetic chemicals simulate an amphetamine-like substance called cathinone that is naturally found in the khat plant. Flakka has been compared to another synthetic street drug known as bath salts.
Street Names Flakka Street Names
Flakka, Flocka, Gravel.
What Does Flakka Look Like?
White or pink crystals that look very much like the drug it mimicks – methamphetamine (meth).
How Do People Use Flakka?
Vaping, snorting, eating, smoking.
Flakka Side Effects
Flakka is known to cause “excited delirium.” It has the ability to heighten stimulation, paranoia, and hallucinations. And Flakka raises the body temperature to dangerous levels, which is why many drug abusers find themselves stripping naked to cool off. It can lead to kidney damage, and in some cases, failure. Flakka has also been known to lead to violent, aggressive behavior, as well as self-harm. In some cases it has been linked to suicides and heart attacks. Long-term side effects are unknown.
Why Are People Using Flakka?
It’s a cheap high. Those who are already addicted to drugs are more likely to abuse Flakka in order to keep their addiction at bay. Flakka costs around $5 dollars a dose.
“The cost is what really alarmed us … a lot more people can get their hands on it, and that’s always a problem,” says Fort Lauderdale Police Sergeant Nick Coffin.
What Can We Do To Prevent the Spread of Flakka Abuse?
Know the flakka side effects, the signs and symptoms of drug addiction, educate yourself and others, and get help. The more we talk about the dangerous effects of synthetic drugs like flakka. The more we can help prevent overdoses, death, and harm to our community as a whole. If you or someone you know is slowly dying from addiction, there is help. Contact a trained drug abuse specialist today and get the treatment you deserve. Call now: 1-800-861-1768.Tags: bath salts, flakka, krokodile synthetic drug