Flakka – A growing problem parents need to know about.

Reality Check Program Question and AnswerWhat is Flakka? Flakka is new synthetic amphetamine-like stimulant that is similar to the compound contained in bath salts, also known as cathinones. It is produced from a compound known as alpha-PVP, synthetically derived and made from an amphetamine-like derivative of the drug, cathinone. In short – it is one of the most dangerous drugs out there.

Where did Flakka come from? It originated in the Middle East. Suppliers are from China, Pakistan, India and other countries from the Middle East.

flakkaWhat are the signs of Flakka use? Rage, screaming violently, superhuman strength, lose of reality, delusions, stripping off clothes (body temperature can go as high as 106 degrees) a huge let-down followed by serious depression.

How do people use it? Flakka comes in crystalline rock form, can be swallowed, snorted, injected, or used in an e- cigarette and vaped.

How long does the high last? The drug high can last as few as 3-4 hours, but can also linger for several days.

Is Flakka addictive? Yes, Flakka is highly addictive, both physically and psychologically.

Where is Flakka being used? Flakka is primarily in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, and Oklahoma and is growing rapidly around the country.

Where do people buy it? Schools, Rave clubs, street dealers are the most common.

What do I do if someone is on Flakka? Get professional help. The police are being trained on handling Flakka users. Medical attention is a must. Once a person is under control they should see a doctor immediately. Death can occur from kidney failure, stroke or a heart attack.

Thank you Broward Sheriff’s Office for being pro-active and educating as many people as possible about this serious drug that is affecting people every day.

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