There’s growing concern in Florida and around the nation about a drug called Flakka. A number of bizarre street crimes have been linked to this new “designer” drug, which can give users super-human strength. The drug can be snorted, smoked, injected or even swallowed.
Flakka, is an amphetamine — just like Molly, MDA and Ecstasy — which increases dopamine, the brain’s pleasure chemical, . Initially it makes you more alert and euphoric, but there are some dangerous side effects, including aggression and so-called super-human strength.
“It reminds me of Angel Dust in the early 80s,” says Jon Lapook, MD. “I was in the emergency room at Columbia [University Medical Center] back then and I knew when someone came in ‘dusted’ because they’d have seven policemen holding down every part of their body and it seemed like they had super-human strength — and it sounds like this is the same sort of thing.”
When you have a flood of too many neurotransmitters, irregular hearbeat, seizure, death — every single organ system can be affected.