As if people needed another inexpensive drug on the market that can produce crazy and violent behavior, Florida is seeing a rash of incidences where users of a new drug possess superhuman strength and delirium, according to a new report from the Daily Mail.
A new designer drug even stronger than crystal meth dubbed ‘$5 insanity’ for its mind-bending effects is spreading across Florida..
Flakka, which can be injected, snorted, smoked, swallowed or taken with other substances like marijuana, is usually made from the chemical alpha-PVP.
That’s the synthetic version of the stimulant cathinone, the same type of chemical that is used to make bath salts.
Flakka resembles a mix of crack cocaine and meth and it has a noticeably foul smell, WPBF 25 News reported.
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office special investigations Sgt. Rob Pettit said: ‘It has a strong odor like a sweaty sock.
‘It’s pretty serious.
‘We’re always trying to play catchup with the drug dealers as it is, and now here we are trying to get accustomed to finding yet another drug.’
Once ingested, the drug causes a feeling of euphoria, hallucinations and sometimes psychosis or apparent superhuman strength.
The high lasts for a couple hours and users are left with a strong desire to use again.
Users have nicknamed the drug ‘$5 insanity’ because hits often cost less than $10, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Flakka has been involved in a number of incidents in recent weeks, including one where a man impaled himself white trying to scale a fence, CBS reported.
Jim Hall, an epidemiologist at the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities at Nova Southeastern University, said: ‘We’re starting to see a rash of cases of a syndrome referred to as excited delirium.
‘This is where the body goes into hyperthermia, generally a temperature of 105 degrees.
‘The individual becomes psychotic, they often rip off their clothes and run out into the street violently and have an adrenaline-like strength and police are called and it takes four or five officers to restrain them.
‘Then once they are restrained, if they don’t receive immediate medical attention they can die.’
There were more than 670 Flakka occurrences Florida in 2014, up from 85 in 2012 and zero in 2010, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The real question here is: what is the selling point for this drug? “Hey guys, do you want to ingest some foul-smelling chemicals, go absolutely batshit crazy, wreck your mind and body and possibly hurt yourself or others? If so, through down a fin and let’s get the party started!”