And now we'd like to introduce you to Flakka, the newest DIY designer drug currently headlining violent arrests in the Sunshine State™. Flakka can be injected, smoked, snorted, and swallowed and causes users to basically lose their minds in less time than it takes for you to think 'Because Florida'. The designer drug has led to arrests stemming from a man impaling himself on a fence, a guy trying to kick down the door of a police station, and every user suffering from violently crippling hallucinations. The effects of Flakka are so unpredictable thanks largely to no two doses containing the same ingredients. The active ingredient is something called alpha-pvp which is a synthetic version of of the chemical in bath salts, but that's where the similarities end.
Cops have no idea where it's coming from, who's making it, or how it's being produced. According to one Sheriff in Tampa,
“On a scale of one to 10, Flakka is a 12.”
The effects of the drug vary from user to user, but there does seem to be a consistent theme of becoming psychotic, ripping off clothes due to overheating, and gaining adrenaline-like strength just before half-a-dozen cops taze users into submission. Flakka is out there and its threat is very, very real.