The Truth About Flakka and Why It's The New Dangerous Drug
Written by Craig Rogers, in Section Parent Resources
Teens are always finding a way to make their lives more interesting, as well as finding ways to rebel against the confines of their parents’ rules.
Unfortunately, a lot of these ways involve doing dangerous and dangerous things, such as drug use. Substance abuse in teens often leads to addiction, which can end in imprisonment, death, or even worse. One of the newest drugs on the proverbial market is Flakka. But what is Flakka? And why is it so dangerous?
The Frightening Truth About This New Street Drug
The man-man drug, Flakka, causes a high that is not unlike that of cocaine. However, like “bath salts,” a group of related synthesized drugs that were banned back in 2012, Flakka has the potential to be far more dangerous than cocaine. It’s nearly impossible to determine an exact dose of Flakka, and such a minuscule amount makes all the difference between getting high and dying a horrible death. Flakka can be smoked, injected, or snorted, which makes it difficult to really pinpoint how much is too much. A small overdose can lead to a wide range of some of the most extreme drug symptoms. Users often experience what experts call “excited delirium,” marked by violent behavior, spikes in body temperature (105 degrees and higher!), and paranoia. Users often feel incredible strength and fury, leading to dangerous activities and events taking place.
But Flakka users are not the only ones in physical danger while they use the drug.
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