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Flakka Hype Allegedly Behind a Slew of Strange Arrests in South Florida

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Police and rescue units responded Friday morning to reports of a naked man who’d scaled a 30-foot drawbridge in Ft. Lauderdale. So far no police reports have been released on the incident, which looked like this [above].

    But given the location and the state of undress the fellow was found in, we’re going to say the odds are good that he was on flakka, the synthetic stimulant that has swept South Florida. Just last week, a naked, bloody 17-year-old girl screaming “I am Satan!” was arrested for charging at police officers. Police said her behavior was consistent with that of someone being high on flakka. One month ago, a naked man confirmed high on flakka raced through a busy intersection in Ft. Lauderdale before being arrested. And in February, a Florida man on flakka was arrested for brandishing a handgun while standing naked on his rooftop.

    We recently told you how illicit Chinese drug labs have tapped into the demand for cheap drugs in South Florida, which continues to suffer from high homelessness, and thanks to the closure of its Oxycontin pill distributors, now hosts a large population of recovering drug addicts.

    At a press conference last week, Broward County, Florida officials said they were redoubling their efforts to address the surge by collaborating with doctors, teachers and local religious leaders.

    Looks like they may want to loop in clothes sellers too.

    By Rob Wile - Fusion/May 23, 2015
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Alien Sex Fiend
    this is not strange or new. journalists sell the same shit they said about lsd, pcp, crack, meth, bathsalts, etc. There is always somebody naked, bloodied, climbing, screaming Satan, tazed.
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    Making that in itself reason enough for posting.
  3. Alfa
    Really high quality journalism right there. lol
  4. mr.M
    Back when salvia was legal and kids started ending up in the emergency room, newspaper and the news posted that it's a deadly drug that can cause heart faillure.

    They also said kratom is similar to cocaine and mephedrone is an ethnobotanical...
  5. Alien Sex Fiend
    I should have mentioned they said same bullshit about salvia, opium and Reefer Madness

    This nonsense goes back to 18th Century. And every time it turns out the person in question has a history of mental illness...
  6. bobes
    We'll all be fine if we could just stick to the time tested harmless legal things like nicotine and alcohol...you know the things researched and approved by our benevolent leaders. Change is for morons and if we could only get these ecig addicts back on cigarettes all will be right once more!
  7. seaturtle
    This Flakka problem is real, not just made up. The one time I was in jail (broward jail, where this article is from) everyone there was talking about Flakka. Users of Flakka become psychotic even quicker than methamphetamine users, they hear voices in their heads which command them to commit crimes.
  8. Beenthere2Hippie
    Re:Flakka Continuing to Reek Havoc in Southern Florida, Cops Say

    [IMGL=white]https://drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=44299&stc=1&d=1432563276[/IMGL]MIAMI — A hazardous new synthetic drug originating in China is being blamed for 18 recent deaths in a single South Florida county, as police grapple with an inexpensive narcotic that causes exaggerated strength and dangerous paranoid hallucinations.

    On Thursday, the Fort Lauderdale police killed a man, reportedly high on the man-made street drug, alpha-PVP, known more commonly as flakka, who had held a woman hostage with a knife to her throat.

    The shooting of Javoris Washington, 29, was the latest in a series of volatile episodes that the police in South Florida have faced with highly aggressive drug users. Law enforcement agencies have had difficulty tamping down a surge in synthetic drugs, which were banned after becoming popular in clubs five years ago only to re-emerge deadlier than ever under new formulations. As soon as legislation catches up with the latest craze, manufacturers design a new drug to take its place, federal and local law enforcement agencies say.

    In Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale and is considered ground zero for the new drug, there have been 18 flakka-related fatalities since September, the chief medical examiner there said. “I have never seen such a rash of cases, all associated with the same substance,” said James N. Hall, an epidemiologist at Nova Southeastern University who has studied the Florida drug market for decades. “It’s probably the worst I have seen since the peak of crack cocaine. Rather than a drug, it’s really a poison.”

    Flakka, which got its name from a Spanish colloquial term for a pretty, enticing woman, is a synthetic cathinone that mimics the khat plant grown in Africa. It is made from alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone, what Mr. Hall describes as “second-generation bath salts,” a reference to previous formulations of the amphetaminelike stimulant. Also known as gravel, flakka made a sudden and explosive entrance into South Florida’s illicit drug market about six months ago, particularly in poor neighborhoods, where drug users including homeless people were lured by the low price, $5 a dose.

    Police departments around the state, and especially those near Fort Lauderdale, have been called to a growing number of situations involving people high on the drug who were convinced that packs of dogs or people were chasing them. In February, a 50-year-old homeless man tried to kick in the glass door at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department because he believed people were chasing him. In Melbourne this month, a 17-year-old girl ran down the street naked and covered in blood, screaming that she was Satan.

    In Broward County, a man ran down a street wearing only sneakers, saying a pack of German shepherds was hunting him. Another person became impaled on a fence. “Police departments are always calling us for backup, because they try not to apprehend somebody on synthetic drugs by themselves,” said Mia Ro, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Miami division.

    At first, the products known as bath salts were available in gas stations. When specific chemical substances were banned in China, chemists tweaked the formula, and flakka emerged. Five major synthetic cathinones were banned federally and by most states in 2010. Flakka is illegal in the United States, and law enforcement authorities are working with officials in China for it to be outlawed there as well.

    “Our supposition is that the original concept was to design it so it would be technically not illegal,” Mr. Hall said. “It appears they are now looking to also design the molecule to be even more potent and more addictive. Addiction is good for sales.”

    But the law has not stopped its flow, Mr. Hall said. Broward County’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Craig Mallak, said the drug manufacturers added a ketone, an oxygen atom that affects more receptors in the brain. The drug works by blocking neuron transmitters, allowing a storm of dopamine and adrenaline to flood the brain, Dr. Mallak said. Flakka comes in the form of crystals of different colors that dissolve in the mouth, and the drug is also smoked and can be used for “vaping” in e-cigarette-like devices. The body temperature of users who take too much can rise above 105 degrees, resulting in excited delirium. Users can feel so hot that they may strip off their clothes. Some have suffered kidney failure and cognitive impairment.

    “They do really wild things,” Dr. Mallak said. “A lot of them get hyperthermia and die of heat stroke. A few attack police officers, end up getting shot. They tear their clothes off and go crazy.”

    By Frances Robles - NY Times/MAY 25, 2015
    Newshawk Crew
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