Known on the street as “flakka,” the synthetic concoction is hitting hard in Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and other parts of the country. It’s causing a rash of emergency room visits and overdose deaths. In one highly publicized Florida case, a man reportedly high on flakka gnawed on and disfigured another man’s face before he was shot to death by police. Another user tried to break down the door of a police station in Fort Lauderdale, and a few weeks later, a man impaled himself while trying to climb a fence around the same station.
While police in the Kansas City area say they know of no cases involving flakka yet locally, they are aware that it could easily migrate here. And if it does, said Johnny Bivens, sheriff of Lewis County, Ky., local officials are in for a rough ride. “This is the worst drug I have ever seen in my 18 years of law enforcement across the board,” Bivens said. “Nothing compares to this.”
Also known as alpha-PVP, it has a similar chemical makeup to other drugs commonly known as “bath salts,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It typically comes in a white or pink crystalline form and is foul-smelling. It can be eaten, snorted, injected, or vaporized in an electronic cigarette device, according to the national institute, which has included flakka on a list of emerging trends.
It is particularly potent when vaporized, sending the drug into the bloodstream quickly, and making the user particularly susceptible to overdose. “Alpha-PVP can cause a condition called excited delirium that involves hyper-stimulation, paranoia and hallucinations that can lead to violent aggression and self-injury,” the institute warns. “The drug has been linked to deaths by suicide as well as heart attack. It can also dangerously raise body temperature and lead to kidney damage or kidney failure.”
Authorities say flakka is easily accessible. It can be purchased online from China and in some parts of the United States has replaced crack cocaine. Officials in Broward County, Fla., say the drug has contributed to at least 29 deaths over the last year.
*****Again: This is why I advocate a 3 strike policy with extremely harsh punishments and hefty fines… with the 3rd Strike (For Adults) resulting in death!!! You don’t like it, GO FUCK YOURSELF!!! Anyone tries to push this shit or any other drug on my child, it’ll be the worst mistake they ever made.