“Zombie Drug” - The Truth About Flakka
Vice.com Dec 2018
A few years ago, a new synthetic drug called Flakka appeared in Florida. It wasn’t long before viral videos and sensationalized news reports of alleged Flakka overdoses started to spread across the internet, and people began comparing its effects to that of a zombie outbreak. One supposed incident involved a person who allegedly ate off a homeless man’s face on the side of a highway. The drug’s effects are often compared to that of bath salts, and include hallucinations, “superhuman" strength, and a state of “excited delirium” that is credited with driving the lunatic actions of some users. However, Flakka can be easily altered or changed, and reports have emerged that its recent incarnation has surfaced under a slightly new chemical—and just as dangerous—structure. VICE’s Matt Shea travels to Florida to meet both users and distributors to discover what’s really behind this zombie drug.
Article By Fusion July 2015
In April, we told you about how flakka, a synthetic drug easily ordered online from China, has become "the new crack" for many South Floridians. Through the first half of last year alone, Florida saw more than 600 confirmed seizures of alpha-PVP — the main active ingredient in flakka. Most of them were concentrated in just three counties. The epidemic has shown no sign of abating this year, or even recently: Eight individuals have died in the last month as a result of flakka overdoses. Earlier this month, the Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi issued a statewide warning to parents about its dangers. We spent 24 hours in an ambulance riding through Ft. Lauderdale chasing reports of flakka. "You don't know how they're going to act," one EMT says. "That's why we send so much manpower going to all these flakka calls." The first call came in in less than an hour.
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