Florida witnesses Bizarre Incidents due to Synthetic Drug Flakka Use
Flakka, an increasingly popular synthetic designer drug, is to be blamed for some bizarre incidents that occurred in Florida in the last few months. To tell you a few, one man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood under the influence of flakka, and was trying to have sex with a tree. He also told police that he was the mythical god Thor. Another incident involves a man running nude down a busy city street in broad daylight.
Two others separately broke into the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, thinking people were chasing them.
The drug is available for $5 or less a vial. It is also known as gravel and is ready available for anyone who wants to get a high. The drug has become a headache for police.
Flakka is the latest in a series of available synthetic drug after Ecstasy and bath salts. Officials have said that it is much easier to get a dose of flakka in small quantities through the mail. A chemical compound called alpha-PVP is flakka’s active ingredient. The ingredient is on the US Drug Enforcement Administration's list of the controlled substances most likely to be abused.
The drug comes from countries like China and Pakistan. Flakka is usually available in a crystal form and electronic cigarettes are often used to smoke them. Flakka is a derivative of the Spanish word for a thin, pretty woman.
“I've had one addict describe it as $5 insanity. They still want to try it because it's so cheap. It gives them heightened awareness. They feel stronger and more sensitive to touch. But then the paranoia sets in”, said Don Maines, a drug treatment counselor with the Broward Sheriff's Office in Fort Lauderdale.
Chad Brown, an FDLE supervisory special agent, said the use of the drug could see a significant rise if no action is taken to reverse its emerging trend.
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