Every few years, a new drug comes along that is more powerful and dangerous than the ones already out. Most recently, that drug was “Molly” pills, a stronger form of ecstasy. Now, there is a drug out that is being marketed towards teens called Flakka. Flakka is highly addictive and is now on the radar as more and more teens end up in South Florida emergency rooms.
Flakka is a new form of bath salts, the powerful drug that reportedly made people into zombies and even drove some to cannibalism. Flakka can be smoked or vaped. It comes from the Khat plant found in East Africa and Arabia, which produces cathinode, an amphetamine that produces an immediate high when consumed. Currently, it can be ordered over the Internet and Chinese chemists are constantly changing the ingredients which makes it hard for law enforcement to prosecute dealers and even harder for doctors to treat patients who took it.
Some of the symptoms of Flakka users that doctors have seen are uncontrollable shaking, cold sweats, trouble breathing, chest pains and mental instability in patients. Psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Dober explained, “The real danger in Flakka is you don’t know what you’re really getting. There is no consistency, no reliability, and so you may get something that could be deadly.” He added, “There’s a lot of psychosis that goes with it. There’s a lot of violence. They get a little aggressive with us the cops or with the hospital staff when we drop them off.”