Flakka the zombie drugFlakka the zombie drug has hit Australian shores with potentially devastating effects. It is one of many new psychoactive substances (NPS), which includes other drugs like synthetic cannabis. Manufacturers sell these products based on them being herbal and safe alternatives to illegal drugs. Make no mistake. There is nothing safe or herbal about synthetic drugs. They are highly toxic with unknown long-term side effects. It’s a hallucinogen like magic mushrooms, but it can also have stimulating effect like ice.
What is Flakka?Flakka is a synthetic street drug that appears to have originated in South Florida. It is more addictive than and as strong as methamphetamine. The effects of flakka produces bizarre, uncontrollable behaviour in its users. This is not a natural drug. It is completely synthetic. It is a designer drug with the pharmaceutical name a-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (known as a-PVP). This is a chemical compound originally manufactured in the 1960s and referred to as second-generation bath salts. This a stimulant simular to amphetamines and falls into the synthetic cathinone class of drugs. Bath salts are illegal but every time one type is made illegal manufacturers alter the chemical makeup to circumvent the law. The new drug becomes technically legal
Synthetic cathinones are synthetic drugsSynthetic cathinones are synthetic drugs developed to mimic illegal drugs like LSD, cocaine and ecstasy. Flakka smells rancid and is either a pink or white crystal packaged in a plastic bag. It can be snorted, injected, smoked and even vaped. Flakka simulates cocaine, but reports say it is 10 times stronger and it takes a lot longer for the drug to leave your system. It is a lot cheaper than cocaine. This could be why flakka has become popular
Bath Salt DrugsThese bath salt drugs are extremely dangerous. It can cause your body temperature to rise to 104 degrees and higher. This can lead to muscle breakdown, damage your kidneys and cause kidney failure. It can also raise your blood pressure and cause a heart attack, heart failure, or stroke, and even death.
Effects of flakkaUsers feel elation, extremely focused, are highly stimulated, and can be sociable with an increased sex drive. However, this effect wears off quickly so users need to keep taking more to remain high and stave off withdrawal symptoms. This can have a domino effect. The more they take, the more they feel the negative side effects that can result in the user experiencing excited delirium. This is a condition that can cause hallucinations, psychosis, paranoia, hyper stimulation and superhuman strength. Users can experience panic attacks. Feel depressed. Flakka users fine their heart will race and they may feel like committing suicide. It is not hard to get to this point as the effects last such a short time it forces users to take more. Vaping enters straight through the bloodstream so it is the quickest way to feel its effects. Because of this, it can quickly push users into an overdose.
Short-term effectsUsing flakka stimulates a flood of dopamine in the brain to give you an intense feeling of elation. The short-term effects include:
- uncontrollable feelings of elation
- increased heart rate which can lead to heart palpitations
- a rise in blood pressure
- being alert
- mood swings and aggressive behaviour.