A new "designer" drug hitting the streets in the U.S. and elsewhere is as dangerous as crystal meth, cocaine, or the drug known as "bath salts." Flakka can be snorted, injected, swallowed in tea or mixed with food, smoked, or vaporized in e-cigarettes, but whichever way it is taken the results can be deadly. Flakka treatment in Colorado Springs is dedicated to effectively treating those who find themselves addicted to the drug.
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Flakka, sometimes known as "gravel" since it resembles aquarium gravel, is made of a synthetic stimulant called alpha-PVP (alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone), which is a synthetic form of cathinone, a drug similar to that found in bath salts. Tests carried out by The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and recently reported in the journal Psychopharmacology found that alpha-PVP is at least as potent as MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone), the active ingredient in bath salts, and "arguably with worse addiction liability than methamphetamine."
Flakka use tends to be sporadic and associated with events such as concerts and sporting fixtures. Because it is soluble, it could be used to spike drinks in night clubs, bars, and similar venues.
In low doses flakka causes mild hallucinations and euphoria, but in larger doses it produces a condition known as "excited delirium" that lasts for several hours. In this state the body temperature rises dramatically, which may cause the person to tear off their clothes. They may become erratic, psychotic, delusional, and violent. The adrenaline produced while in a highly aggressive state can produce super-strength, and several police officers are often needed to restrain an affected individual.
The high body temperatures produced by flakka can cause muscles to break down and result in kidney damage, internal bleeding, and multiple organ failures. Other effects of the drug include high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and seizures.
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