What is Flakka?

There’s a new illegal street drug that is gaining popularity in the U.S.,especially in Florida. This synthetic drug is causing seriously bizarre side effects that have many wondering just how dangerous this substance can actually be. There have already been numerous reported incidents where those using the drug ended up on rooftops screaming or breaking into police stations and precincts.

What is Flakka? | Substance Abuse Treatment Centers in Charlotte NC

According to cbsnews.com, “Flakka is a designer drug that can be snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed. It may also be combined with other, softer drugs such as marijuana.

Flakka is most typically made from the chemical alpha-PVP, which is a synthetic version of the amphetamine-like stimulant cathinone. Cathinones are chemicals derived from the khat plant grown in the Middle East and Somalia, where the leaves are frequently chewed for a euphoric buzz.”

Flakka is in the same category of chemicals that are used to make “bath salts”. Bath salts is a drug causing serious effects and incidents, as well, like a man allegedly chewing off another man’s face while high on the substance.

This drug, and its effects, is being considered as one that might be able to rival crystal meth, cocaine and other most dangerous drugs in the U.S.

Jim Hall, an epidemiologist at the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities at Nova Southeastern University in Broward County, Florida states that “Cathinones are the next, even more potent class of drugs to take over where MDMA leaves off. MDMA, known widely as Molly, has been the cause of a number of fatalities and the recent round of overdoses that hospitalized a dozen people at Wesleyan University.”

What does this drug actually do, as it’s ingested into our system? It causes the brain to flood with dopamine. Dopamine is the hormone that controls the brain’s pleasure and reward centers. Once it’s done this, the drug also blocks transmitters to help produce an intense feeling of euphoria.

These types of drugs typically cause a release in dopamine, but then allow the brain to go back to its normal state, almost instantly. Flakka doesn’t. It blocks those transmitting neurons so that the dopamine continues to flow freely.

Flakka is troublesome on its own, but those that use the drug tend to take additional amounts of the drug while still high or combine it with other drugs. This is extremely dangerous and can cause severe psychosis, aggression, agitation and rapid heart rate.

The most frightening thing about flakka is the fact that it is usually manufactured in China. It is purchased online by drug dealers that aren’t sure what’s in it or how much of it should be taken at a time. Those buying and using the drugs are virtually guinea pigs. Every single dose taken, large or small, is an experiment, as no one knows the true effects of what this drug can do.

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