As if heroin, cocaine, meth, and other drugs are not enough, drug users and addicts are seeking for newer and stronger ways to get high. And now, they turn to flakka, a synthetic drug that many reports say can turn people into what looks like living zombies.
Flakka is a drug so much more dangerous than cocaine and meth. Even experts say that the exact dose is hard to determine, as a few ounce off can mean the difference between getting on an intense high–and dying.
However, that’s not the scary part.
What is alarming is that flakka changes the behavior of people who used it. As a result, they act like zombies that move in an unpredictable, jerking manner, grunting and speaking gibberish. Often, they would even attack people, like what zombies in the movies do.
What is Flakka?
Flakka is a street drug that started in South Florida. It is one of the booming types of synthetic or designer drugs. It’s derived from a synthetic version of amphetamine-like cathinone known as alpha-PVP.
Cathinones are psychoactive chemicals from the khat plant originally found in Somalia and Middle East, where the leaves are chewed to bring about a euphoric buzz.
Today, Flakka creates not just euphoria but many bizarre, unpredictable, and scary behavior.
Flakka’s scary and dangerous effects can be traced to how it causes an excited delirium fueled by hallucinations, paranoia, and a significant rise in body temperature.
Other Effects of Flakka
Like other stimulants, Flakka causes a flood in the dopamine levels in the brain, causing intense euphoria. Other effects include:
- Rapid heart rate
- Jerking movements
- Increase in blood pressure
- Aggressive, violent behavior