Flakka belongs to a line of drugs that contain one if not multiple man-made chemicals of the cathinone drug class. The drug cathinone is a naturally producing Stimulant found within the Khat plant. This plant is most known to grow in southern Arabia as well as east Africa, where it is chewed for stimulating purposes.
However, synthetically made Cathinone substances are gravely stronger and much more dangerous. Flakka, specifically, is made up of a substance known as Alpha-PVP. Flakka, Alpha-PVP is commonly referred to as the second generation of bath salts. It has been recognized as the second-generation due to the first-generation cathinone class drugs, such as MDPV becoming illegal. MDPV short for
Methylenedioxypyrovalerone became illegal in the year of 2011. Much like Flakkas properties MDPV acts as a Stimulant and produces effects in the same nature as Amphetamines, Meth Amphetamines and Cocaine. As with MDPV, Alpha-PVP acts on the norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors in a person’s brain. Even though MDPV was scheduled as a controlled substance and deemed illegal, it is now become easier for synthetic drug manufacturers to alter the chemical make-up of a substance to beat the system and ensure its legality. This is done to create safe transportation of such drugs and avoid risks of drug smuggling.
In March of 2014, The Drug Enforcement Administration temporarily scheduled Alpha-PVP as a controlled substance in the United states, which makes the drug illegal to use, purchase and possess. Flakka are typically in the form of crystal and are pink or white in color. Flakka is also often purchased in discrete packaging. The drug can be injected, snorted, eaten and even vaporized through e-cigarettes. The harshest outcomes in which individual are affected are reported to be associated with intravenous use and snorting the drug. Although the DEA has attempted to stop and regulate the sale and distribution of synthetic Stimulants, manufactures have continued and will continue to find loop-holes enabling the consumer market.
In many ways Flakka is more addictive and harder on a person’s body that Meth Amphetamine and Cocaine, this is especially true if he or she has an addicted to the drug and regularly abuses it. Common effects of Flakka use abuse and dependency are extreme paranoia, the feeling of invincibility and hallucinations. Individuals who are Flakka dependent have been known to act out in extreme and absurd ways, such as becoming agitated and violent against themselves or other people. Not everyone who uses Flakka will become violent, however the impact this drug has on a person’s brain can cause unpleasant and uncertain effects. When erratic and out of control behaviors take place, they start by the individual having thoughts that mirror insanity, and a mental instability beyond comprehension. These effects are known to last for day after the person has come down from the euphorically dangerous high. The effects of physical Flakka dependence is widely known to be severe and even fatal on occasion. However, the drug is detrimental to an individual’s psychological health as well.
The physical effects of dependence on the drug are similar to gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal problems. This is scientific research and proof of a connected among drug abuse such as Flakka and the impact has on the cardiovascular system. Health issues that damage the cardiovascular system often include heart palpitations, stroke and heart attacks. Flakka is also known to cause problems with an individual’s gastrointestinal system. When the gastrointestinal system in impacted it increases a person’s chance of experiencing liver damage. Along with other substances, Flakka heavily effects a person’s musculoskeletal system, which results in overall muscle weakness and debilitating cramping.
If Flakka is abused intravenously contracting infectious disease like hepatitis or HIV becomes a much higher risk. If you have a loved with afflicted by Flakka addiction or addiction to other substances, it is important that he or she know they are not alone. There is a vast amount of people in recovery today and many understand what it is like to overcome drug addiction and dependence. Many people who live with the disease of addiction, have found a solution and are in recovery today living successful and happy lives. Living a life in recovery from Flakka addiction is possible, however becoming abstinence is only the beginning.
Remaining abstinence from Flakka and other substances does not stop the disease of addiction or fix the issues that are often underlying a person’s drug addiction. If you or someone you love needs help with Flakka use, abuse or dependency, call and speak to an addiction specialist. Stop Flakka from creating chaos and destruction is your loved one’s life, as well as your own life.