What is Flakka?

What is Flakka

Flakka, alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenome (alpha-PVP) is a synthetic stimulant like “Bath Salts” but, much worse. Flakka is what street drugs are notorius for — a host of bizarre accidents on streets around the globe within the past decade. Most addicted users are in their teens, 20s and 30s. Some law enforcement officials in the Sunshine State might call it part of a drug plague. More than 126 deaths have occurred in Florida since 2013, and yet the designer drug is surging in popularity. The trend has grown to include users in states like California, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Texas. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a temporary ban on the drug in 2014.

Flakka is Easy to Get & Inexpensive

The cheap — $5 a dose — synthetic drug gives users an intense high. They act aggressively and may have panic-inducing hallucinations. People under its influence lose touch with reality. In states of “excited delirium,” they don’t know what they’re doing, nor do they have any memory regarding their actions when the drug wears off. A May 2015 article in Newsweek magazine reported that it has been suggested that the “Zombie Drug” flakka, also known as “gravel,” for its resemblance to aquarium gravel, is more addictive than meth. The amphetamine-like substance is highly addictive, both physically and psychologically. It can be used with e-cigarettes and vaporizers, ingested, smoked and snorted.

What is Flakka Addiction & Side-Effects?

Flakka, derived from the khat plant is consumed in the Middle East for its cocaine-like effects, alters heart rate, breathing and blood pressure. It can cause profuse sweating and seizures. It is damaging to lungs and muscle tissues, and can induce arrhythmia, kidney failure and muscle spasms. Internal bleeding is possible, as body temperature rises to dangerous levels, causing hyperthermia.

Use of the drug results in intense effects for weeks or months after taking the drug. During this time, psychosis, anxiety and aggression can rear their ugly head, with paranoia, anxiety and aggression surging for no apparent reason. Cognitive changes have also been exhibited in flakka users. Neurological effects can be permanent. What Flakka is not? Safe …

Medical Treatment of Flakka Side-Effects

In the short-term, users in the throes of a drug-induced panic or psychotic episode will be given a dose of anti-anxiety or anti-psychotic medicine in the emergency room. This will help lower blood pressure, reduce agitation and limit psychosis. Longer term, treatment is absolutely necessary to recovery.

Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, irritability, night sweats, and suicidal thoughts and tendencies. It can take up to a month of sobriety for flakka to leave an addict’s system. Flakka instigates a surge of dopamine and norepinephrine; dopamine serotonin depletion can persist for some time, necessitating medical and medication-supported treatment.

Conclusion: The best way to avoid its effects is to never take the drug. If you have used without becoming addicted, do not use again. If you are addicted to flakka, help is available right here…

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