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06 April 2015
Issue: 37
Flakka – A Cathinone Type Drug
A relatively new drug
has made a lot of news in the
South Florida area. In the last
few months, people admittedly
“high” on Flakka, have tried to:
break down hurricane resistant
doors at the Fort Lauderdale
Police Station, jump a fence
with spikes on the top becoming “speared” by the fence,
and “streaked” naked down a
major thoroughfare in Florida.
The drug costs as little
as $5.00 for a “hit.” Not much
is known about it and it is not
on the DEA website yet. It is
similar to bath salts and can
be taken in a variety of ways,
including “vaping” through an
e-cigarette device. Medical
experts have found that it can
lead to a condition they call
“excited delirium.” It has a
tendency to cause body temperature to spike to 105 to 106
degrees. The effects of the
drug last about 3-4 hours, but
have also been found to linger
for days. As suggested by the
news stories out of Florida, it
causes unusual behavior. The
person taking the drug sometimes believes that they have
unusual physical strength. It
also can cause paranoia, excessive perspiration, hallucinations and hyper-activity.
Flakka is derived from
the chemical alpha-PVP which
is an amphetamine-like stimulant cathinone. Cathinones
are derived from the khat plant
which is traditionally grown in
the Middle East and Somalia. Flakka (continued)
Some users of Flakka
engage in “snacking,” where
they take additional Flakka
while already high or combine
it with other drugs. This has
led to health complications
which include psychosis, aggression, rapid heart rate and
agitation. Another potential
complication of Flakka is a
condition called rhabdomyolysis. This condition can lead to
kidney failure and permanent
Flakka is believed to come
mostly from China, but also
from Pakistan and India. It
may be mixed with other
chemicals, including poisons.
The only statistics available
suggest that Flakka use is increasing; there were no reported cases in 2010, 85 cases in
2012, and approximately 670
cases in 2014.
Flakka has been described as looking like “rock
candy” but smelling like
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been found in Texas and Ohio.
It is sometimes called “gravel,”
as it looks like the colored
stones used in fish tanks.
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