Know the facts and connect with support to help you address known or suspected substance use with your child.
Flakka is the street name for a synthetic cathinone named alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (Alpha-PVP). It is chemically similar to other synthetic drugs known as “Bath Salts.” These synthetics mimic cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant found naturally in the khat plant.
Flakka comes in the form of white or pink crystals that are ingested by eating, snorting, injecting or vaporizing (similar to an e-cigarette).
Signs of use include paranoia, hallucinations, violent behavior and self-injury. If you’re concerned your child may be using flakka or other substances, the following can help you address the behavior more effectively.