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Friday, September 16, 2016

New Drug Called Flakka Turns Its Users Into Zombies


There are certain recreational drugs consumed by addicts for non-medicinal or leisure purposes. Ecstasy, opium, cocaine, LSD, and heroin are the most commonly abused drugs. Every drug has its own side effect which, most of the time, is dangerous to its user's mental and physical well-being. On top of that, there is a drug that transforms its users to zombie-like creatures!

This drug is called flakka, otherwise known as zombie drug, and it's one of the most deadly drugs in the planet.


“It’s called the zombie drug because people who use it go into a zombie state and either eat themselves or bite and chew other people. They exhibit delusional behavior and superhuman strength,” according to Bethlehem police Chief Mark DiLuzio. 

Flakka is a low-cost, synthetic stimulant whose chemical structure is identical to amphetamine in bath salts. This dangerous drug is produced using a compound called alpha-PVP, a substance akin to cathinone class created in the 1960s and has been sold as a designer drug. 

Flakka is also called “gravel” because of its appearance just like the colorful gravel stones found in fish tanks. 

The drug was initially introduced to the market as an alternative to ecstasy, however, it has a distinctive effect on its users. Flakka is “foul-smelling” and usually sold in white or pink crystal chunks as per the US National Institute on Drug Abuse.


It is extremely hallucinogenic and elevates the heart rate. This so-called zombie drug can influence its user's behavior by changing the brain's serotonin and dopamine, causing irreparable psychological damage and even heart failure. 

Flakka causes delirium, delusions, hallucinations, and prompts viciousness. 

There are numerous cases connected with flakka, for example, the incident in Florida where a college student was accused of murdering a couple and then biting the dead man's face. The 19-year old was caught by the police after the incident, in which police said that the boy had extraordinary strength. 

“When you see a case like this where someone is biting off pieces of somebody’s face, could it be Flakka? The answer is it absolutely could be a Flakka case,” said Martin County Sheriff William Snyder. 

Earlier this month, a man under flakka influence was running naked over an intersection to get away from imaginary people he said were pursuing him.

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