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What is flakka?
There’s absolutely nothing natural about the drug flakka. The pharmaceutical name for the synthetic drug is a-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone otherwise known as a-PVP or alpha-PVP – which is a chemical compound first produced in the 1960’s. It is being referred to as the “second-generation bath salts.” Flakka comes as a foul smelling white or pink crystal that, can be snorted, eaten, injected or vaped. Like bath salts, flakka is usually packaged in plastic bags or vials and labeled “not for human consumption” or “plant food.” It can be bought off the streets or ordered online.
Why is flakka so dangerous?
Flakka has adverse physical affects on the human body. It is known to raise the body temperature over 104 degrees. Such an extremely high body temperature can have fatal consequences, it can lead to kidney damage, kidney failure, and even death. Flakka can also elevate the body’s blood pressure, which can cause a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, or heart failure.
What are flakka’s side effects?
Flakka will initially make the user feel euphoric, stimulated, sociable, more focused and increases sex drive. But the initial high quickly wears off which usually leads to the user re-dosing or topping up. And the more flakka is abused the more the user will begin to feel the negative side effects of the drug. Users of flakka will experience excited delirium: a condition involving hallucinations, paranoia, increased strength and hyper stimulation.
- The heart will race
- Panic attacks are very likely
- Users become depressed and suicidal
- It causes extreme psychosis, paranoia and very violent behaviour
Flakka has been linked to cannibalism, suicides, aggressive assaults and murders in the USA and now this highly dangerous substance is feared to be on the rise in the UK.
Flakka is cheap and highly addictive, if it takes off in the same manner as spice has here the UK the consequences will no doubt be devastating.
SAY NO TO FLAKKA – SAY NO TO DRUGS
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