Doctors and police are warning the public about a dangerous synthetic drug called Flakka, which is gaining popularity on the streets of South Florida.
Flakka is a synthetic street drug mixed with bath salts that causes hallucinations, anxiety, psychosis, and paranoia.
A 50-year-old man named James West, high on Flakka, was caught on surveillance camera kicking the glass doors of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in. Police said West was hallucinating and thought 25 cars were chasing him down Broward Boulevard.
Dr. Nabil El Sanadi said, “we are actually seeing a lot more patients coming in hallucinating. Very fast heart rate, high body temperature, with almost super human strength.”
Dr. Sanadi said the drug can be snorted, smoked, or ingested for a cheap high that results in a “bad reaction.”
“The brain tells them that there’s something going on when there may be nothing going on,” explains Dr. Sanadi.
Other side effects from Flakka are permanent effects on the brain or heart leading to a heart attack or stroke. It can also lead to kidney failure, and a potential lifetime need for dialysis.
Emergency room doctors say many victims do not even know what’s actually in the drug they’re taking.
Flakka, also knows as “gravel” can be mixed with methamphetamine, other drugs, and is a bath salt synthetic stimulant that can be purchased online, and resold by drug dealers.
According to the United Way of Broward County’s Commission of Substance Abuse, around 126 people died from using Flakka in Florida in 2013.
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|Ecstasy Candy via Eugene Police|
In downtown Eugene, police warn of new ecstasy candy, or methylenedioxy-methamphetamine.
Two men, Bradley Lynn Cozby, and James Richard Cossai had the drugged infused candy in their possession. They were charged with possession of around three pounds of ecstasy candy.
Police officer Richard Bremer said the candies were individually wrapped and packaged in groups of four. Officer Bremer said, “it was evident that it was packaged for sale.” Police seized around 140 pieces of drugged candy.
“We’ve (previously) seen candy that’s laced with THC, with synthetic marijuana, and made into lollipops. But when we later tested these items, it was determined it was ecstasy.”
Police warn that “these items can appear to be a normal piece of hard candy that someone would make in their home.” He said there were no evident signs or smell that the laced candy contained drugs.
Since the ecstasy candy is rare, police warn that children or other people could unknowingly come into contact with it. It’s also dangerous to users who choose to ingest the laced candy because there is an unknown concentration of ecstasy in it.
Ecstasy, or MDMA is a synthetic drug that produces hallucionogenic and stimulant effects, and can be found all over the world. It brings users a feeling of extreme euphoria, and reduces inhibitions.
The short-term effects of ecstasy include panic attacks, high blood pressure, blurred vision, muscle cramping, and confusion. It can disrupt the body’s temperature signals to the brain causing dehydration and hypothermia. It can also lead to increased sexual feelings and poor decision making.
Lowered inhibitions can lead to unsafe sex, multiple sexual partners, sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancy, and the spread of HIV.
There have been reports of people dying from strokes and seizures, as well as kidney failure from taking ecstasy.
The long-term side effects include anxiety, depression, paranoia, sleep disorders, and addiction. Long-term usage damages nerves that produce serotonin, and could cause permanent brain damage, especially to adolescents those brains are still developing.
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In Gainesville Florida, two synthetic marijuana products called “Purple Flake” and “Scooby Snax” have sent more than 24 people to the hospital. The contaminated synthetic drugs, also known as “spice” are hard to track since they’re difficult to regulate.
According to the Alachua County Health Department’s Director Paul Myers, the drugs are “highly toxic” and tainted. Many people who were sent to the hospital suffered from seizures, and multiple health issues. Some were released, but many had to stay for further medical
Gainesville’s smoke shop called Land B4 Time was raided by Drug Task Force officers because a person being treated at the ER said they purchased “spice” there. During the raid, police found a few pounds of the synthetic drug. Although no arrests have been made, charges are pending.
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