Flakka Use Expanding From Florida to Other States

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Flakka, the synthetic drug that has hit Florida hard, has been spreading to states including Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio, The Wall Street Journal reports. People using the drug suffer bouts of extreme paranoia.

Flakka, also known as gravel, is highly addictive, the article notes. In Broward County in South Florida, 29 people have died from flakka use in the past year, according to the county medical examiner. The county crime law is analyzing an average of 100 flakka cases a month this year, up from 80 last September, and one case in January 2014.

Flakka is outpacing cocaine in popularity in south Florida, officials there say. Flakka is cheaper and easier to obtain than cocaine. The drug is available for $5 a vial or less. Its main ingredient is a chemical compound called alpha-PVP.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), alpha-PVP is chemically similar to other drugs known as “bath salts,” and takes the form of a white or pink crystal that can be eaten, snorted, injected, or vaporized in an e-cigarette or similar device.

Vaporizing, which sends the drug very quickly into the bloodstream, may make it particularly easy to overdose, NIDA notes. Alpha-PVP can cause a condition called “excited delirium” that involves extreme stimulation, paranoia, and hallucinations that can lead to violent aggression and self-injury.

The Drug Enforcement Administration collected 2,920 lab reports nationwide involving seizures of flakka last year.


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    January 19, 2019 at 11:34 PM

    I first learned about this drug from an instagram post, but after seeing how terrifying the effect can be I decided to do a little more research, looking up articles and News stories. The most recent News story I was able to find dated to September 23, 2017 and the most recent article was dated to November 15, 2018. Both the article and the News story talked about the effects, where it came from and how its spreading across the US to places like Ohio, Arizona, Florida, California,Kentucky, Tennessee and other states. The drug is still being used today, but only a hand full of these are recent. The drug has calmed down a bit but is stilling being used.

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    Mzimkulu Mkile

    July 13, 2018 at 2:23 AM

    Hello there!!

    Is this flakka still on the street, or is a like a dead dog. Please help me guys am commenting from South Africa and I just recently heard about it and is so scary.

    Concerned citizen..

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      November 30, 2018 at 8:53 AM

      yes flakka is still around

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        January 19, 2019 at 11:22 PM

        I agree, I was on instagram when I found this. It was a news story explaining what it was, what it can do, and what happens when you use this. I found the videos terrifying and disturbing, but to do a more thorough look I searched articles and News stories. Even though most of the stories are from 2014 to 2017 there are now only a few police reports coming in dating to 2018 none have come in during 2019. That does not mean the drug is not still out there it just means it has died down.

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    May 13, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Don’t ever use this drug look up videos of the complications

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    May 13, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Flakka is a very bad drug because of its many complications like aggression and death and all out danger to themselves and others.

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    September 10, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    As usual the cart gets put before the horse. You cannot stop something when you don’t know from where it comes. I want to know what makes people so dissatisfied that they want anything to get “high”, regardless of consequences to health and society. What is the source that drives the drug trade. If people didn’t want to get “high”, there would be no incentive to provide the tried and true drugs or come up with new substances that people can use. And I wonder how many people are profiting on the rehab side, making a fortune building rehabs and providing counseling etc., etc., etc. All Band-Aids. There is a social dilemma in that, one so many people feel they need external whatever to make their lives “better” and two there are so many people ready to make a buck putting a band aid on an abscess rather than find out the systemic catalyst and do something about that. Has anyone done an in depth study on people who are not motivated to use drugs? Has anyone looked at what the difference is and tried to find the motivation behind people whose drug of choice is success and self-fulfillment? We spend millions of dollars and hours try to find cures for diseases instead of looking for preventive medicine. Same goes for this. Think of all the focus on negative things in the media and studies v focus on what makes life happy. In a society where success is measured by $$ and possessions, dissatisfaction is proportionally correlated. And when your value is strictly a matter of your external value, the internal value loses worth and something has to fill that big empty, gaping hole, so why not drugs.

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