Flakka is a stimulant with a similar chemical make-up to the amphetamine-like drug found in bath salts. While the drug was originally marketed as a legal high alternative to ecstasy, the effects are significantly different.
The user will feel an elevated heart rate, enhanced emotions, and, if enough is digested, strong hallucinations. The drug can cause permanent psychological damage due to it affecting the mood regulating neurons that keep the mind’s serotonin and dopamine in check, as well as possibly causing heart failure.
Florida—police apprehend a 19-year-old boy who was in a rampage after walking out of their family dinner at a nearby restaurant. The boy suddenly sprung out of the restaurant and killed two people he first came across in the streets. Witnesses then saw him ‘eating off’ the woman’s face. Police claim the boy had ‘supernatural strength’, and that they had a hard time apprehending the boy.
Police knew the reason for the boy’s ‘unexplainable behaviour—a drug called Flakka.
“When you see a case like this where someone is biting off pieces of somebody’s face, could it be flakka? The answer is it absolutely could be a flakka case,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said, adding that the boy was “abnormally strong”.
Flakka or alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PDP) is a drug mostly manufactured in China for roughly $5 per dose. The drug is sold in white or pink crystal chunks, which are “foul-smelling”, according to the US National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is sometimes called “gravel” because it resembles the small stones in the bottom of fish tanks.
It is a strong, dangerous drug. Someone who uses Flakka can lose his mind for some time, or lose it permanently. Be warned of this drug and don’t think of trying it out.