A New Drug Is Causing Some Really Weird Crimes
A new designer drug that has been appearing on the streets of Florida is being attributed as the cause to increasingly bizarre incidents among its users.
Flakka, sometimes referred to as gravel, is a synthetic drug containing an ingredient called alpha PVP that is compared to ecstasy but can cause severe hallucinations, paranoia and violent fits with regular use.
Police are growing increasingly concerned by the drug. It seems that those taking flakka often end up going crazy with superhuman strength, before stripping naked and becoming twisted on paranoia before hurtling round town bashing doors down or thinking they are some kind of god.
One Florida man believed he was Thor, and ran naked through a neighbourhood and then tried to have sex with a tree. Another flakka user ran nude down a busy city street, convinced he was being chased by a pack of German shepherds.
The drug, which is similar to bath salts and usually smoked via electronic cigarettes, causes the naked incidents because it reportedly causes a spike in body temperature of up to 106 degrees. When you’re that hot taking your clothes off must seem like a sensible way to cool down.
Don Maines, a drug treatment counsellor, told the Associated Press: “I’ve had one addict describe it as $5 insanity […] They still want to try it because it’s so cheap. It gives them heightened awareness. They feel stronger and more sensitive to touch. But then the paranoia sets in. It actually starts to rewire the brain chemistry. They have no control over their thoughts. They can’t control their actions. It seems to be universal that they think someone is chasing them. It’s just a dangerous, dangerous drug.”
We’ve not seen such a concerned buzz about a drug like this before, so maybe it really is as messed up as it sounds. Here’s a local news report on the subject.