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'It's Pretty Serious': Florida Police Warn Of The Dangerous Effects Of New Drug 'Flakka'

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A dangerous new drug called Flakka has been making its rounds on the streets of Florida recently, and reporters say that it is known for its "mind-bending effects."

The drug, called Flakka or a-PVP, is said to look like a cross between meth and crack cocaine, and carries with it a distinctive foul odor. 

It also utilizes the same type of chemical used to create bath salts. 

"It has a strong odor like a sweaty sock," Sgt. Rob Pettit told WPBF 25 News. "You can snort it, smoke it, ingest it."

Sgt. Pettit went on to say that Flakka may cause hallucinations, psychosis, and a feeling of euphoria with the high lasting up to a couple of hours. He also says that the desire to redose is overwhelming. 

According to the Daily Mail, the drug can also cause superhuman strength. 

Epidemiologist Jim Hall told reporters about the drug's intense effects.

"We're starting to see a rash of cases of a syndrome referred to as excited delirium," he said. "This is where the body goes into hypothermia, generally a temperature of 105 degrees. The individual becomes psychotic, they often rip off their clothes and run out into the street violently and have an adrenaline-like strength and police are called and it takes four or five officers to restrain them.

"Then once they are restrained, if they don't receive medical attention they can die," he continued. 

Pettit is worried that it is beginning to get traction in his region in the Treasure Coast.

"It's pretty serious," he said. "We're always trying to play catch-up with the drug dealers as it is, and now here we are trying to get accustomed to finding yet another drug."

Over the course of 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration reported over 670 incidents involving Flakka in Florida. This has been a part of a steady increase over the years, with zero in 2010 and 85 in 2012.

Source:, The Daily Mail

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, NBC Miami


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