Flakka is dangerous new strain of synthetic drugs, which have become popular out on the market. On the street, it's also called "gravel" for its white, crystal chunks. In the lab, it's known as a stimulant with the amphetamine-like effects of Molly and Ecstasy. In the media it's been dubbed "the insanity drug."
Indeed, flakka has fueled a recent, bizarre a wave of public behavior, all occurring in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On April 4, a man who had smoked flakka ran naked in the streets, claiming people had stolen his clothes. In March, a man on flakka impaled himself on a spiked fence outside the police station. He survived. In February, a man on flakka tried to kick in the police station door, claiming cars were chasing him. (http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/flakka-attack-new-synthetic-drug-joins-list-spanning-lsd-molly-n341506)
It is important to know about this new drug so you can educate adolescents on the dangers of these deadly synthetic drugs that are readily available and easy to access via the internet.
Here are five things to begin the conversation:
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