DIS­TURB­ING FACTS

African Times - - News -

Re­sem­bling aquar­ium gravel, flakka is a syn­thetic psy­choac­tive drug that is struc­turally re­lated to cathi­none.

It is known as next gen­er­a­tion ‘bath salts’, a group of re­lated syn­thetic drugs that was banned in 2012.

Peo­ple who take the drug are of­ten left un­able to talk and have no idea what is go­ing on around them un­til the drug wears off.

Even the small­est over­dose of the drug can lead to the most ex­treme symp­toms, “ex­cited delir­ium” be­ing the most com­mon.

This symp­tom is syn­ony­mous with vi­o­lent be­hav­iour, spikes in body tem­per­a­ture and para­noia.

Ob­ser­va­tions are that a typ­i­cal flakka high can last sev­eral hours be­fore the ef­fects wear off.

It is also pos­si­ble and rea­son­ably com­mon that the neu­ro­log­i­cal ef­fects are per­ma­nent, the drug os­ten­si­bly sits on neu­rons but can also de­stroy them.

Link that to­gether with the fact that flakka stays on the brain for longer than co­caine, the ex­tent of the dam­age to the brain could be max­imised even fur­ther. Source: RAWG

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