What is flakka?  | Daily Mail Online

What is flakka?

Flakka is a street drug which first appeared in South Florida in 2014

The synthetic drug is made from alpha-PVP, an amphetamine-type stimulant from the cathinone class of drugs

Flakka is also known as ‘flocka’ or ‘gravel’ and often called the ‘zombie-drug’

What are the short term effects of flakka?

– Aggressive behaviour

– Euphoria

– Bizarre and uncontrollable behaviour

– Alertness

– Heart palpitations

– Increased blood pressure

– High doses can lead to hyperthermia, resulting in muscle breakdown, dehydration and renal failure 

Flakka has ‘comedown’ – the period when the drug wears off – effects including depression and fatigue

What are the long term effects of flakka?

– Addiction

– Possible kidney failure

– Paranoia and delusions

As flakka is a relatively new drug there is scant data on its long term effects, but doctors believe they may be similar to those of other stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines 

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