Have you heard of flakka? If you haven’t yet, you will be soon. Flakka is a synthetic stimulant that has come on the scene in Florida, Texas, and Ohio, but it’s on its way to a city near you.
Forbes is reporting that flakka is similar to crystal meth, but causes what is called “excited delirium.” Like PCP, people on flakka exhibit superhuman strength, making it a challenge for law enforcement. It is also similar to the bath salts that people are snorting.
“A man rushes out of his house in Miami last month, ripping his clothes off in a rage, screaming violently, after smoking a crystal-like drug,” said Forbes contributor, Robert Glatter. “Five police officers are required to take him down as he exhibits superhuman strength. He is sweating, paranoid, delusional and hallucinating about seeing objects in front of him.”
The stimulant in flakka is alpha-PVP, which was banned and labeled a schedule I drug by the DEA in 2014. Schedule I indicates a high incidence of abuse and addiction. Versions of the drug are changed up to keep a step ahead of lawmakers. The crystals are fast-acting and can be swallowed, snorted, or injected.
PIX New York reports that flakka is “dizzying, delusional and deadly,” and fully a problem now in New York.
“This is poison. No different than taking rat poison,” warned James Hunt, Special Agent in charge of the New York DEA field office.
A high can be purchased for as little as $5, and is now readily available in the Empire State. “It’s an agitated state, causes heart attacks, paranoia, and schizophrenia,” said Hunt. The high mimics mental illness, and many of its users are initially ending up in mental hospitals.
Florida reportedly is ground zero, but the drug has now made its way to New York City, Buffalo, and Syracuse. Emergency rooms are seeing a tenfold increase in people coming in under the effects of flakka. “Synthetic drugs are the wave of the future, and can be made in the basement.”
“We’ve got a big drug problem in New Jersey and we want to exclude [flakka] for them,” said Bergen County Assemblyman, Tim Eustace. “As quick as we make the laws, the chemists can make new versions of the drug.”
The east coast is now braced for what could be an epidemic.
Epoch Times revealed that even though many people have not heard of flakka, it is truly becoming a big problem for the DEA. They say it is a relative of bath salts, but packs the punch of cocaine.
“It’s so difficult to control the exact dose [of flakka],” Jim Hall, a drug abuse epidemiologist at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, told CNN in August. “Just a little bit of difference in how much is consumed can be the difference between getting high and dying. It’s that critical.”
Unbelievable videos are being captured with body cameras of people behaving like the Incredible Hulk while on flakka. In many cases it takes nearly half-a-dozen people to restrain one individual, who, oddly enough, is often naked, perhaps due to the fact that the drug also raises your core body temperature, causing the user to feel hot and thirsty.
Have you heard of flakka or known anyone who used or uses it?
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