After more than a year ever since it first hit South Florida by storm, it seems like the Flakka is back again on the streets and several disturbing videos of its effects have been made available online. Also, recent reports suggest that a student at the FSU, who is allegedly high on the drug, ate a victim?s face after killing him and his wife.
It was back in 2015 when the synthetic drug became widespread in the United States, especially in South Florida. The drug can be snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed. Aside from that, it can also be taken with other softer drugs such as marijuana. Furthermore, it is typically made from the chemical alpha-PVP, which is a synthetic version of the amphetamine-like stimulant cathinone. That alone makes the drug dangerous once taken.
With regards to its effects, several videos were posted on YouTube showing how the drug takes effect in the human body. These clips featured people who are under the influence of the drug, and whose movements are similar to that of zombies.
It was reported back in April 2016 that the synthetic drug, which is widely-known for causing psychotic outbursts, is virtually gone in the streets. The deaths, hallucinating users, and arrests are all gone, according to CBS News. However, a recent report by People featured a 19-year-old Florida State University student who is suspected to have taken Flakka.
According to the post, the suspect, Austin Harrouff, killed a couple by stabbing them to death and even tried to eat the face of one of the victims. County Sheriff William Snyder shared to the publication that when they arrived, the suspect was on top of the victim, hugging him, and biting his face. It is not clear why he did that but Snyder believes it could be a Flakka case.
From this single incident, it is certain that the synthetic drug Flakka gives a zombie-like effect to its user. Also, with the video presented, their movements are indeed akin to that of dead people who came back to life. As of now, where the drug originated is still a puzzle but experts say that based on its composition, it could have come from the Middle East and Somalia where Cathinones can be found in the khat plant. For more updates, stay tuned here on TheBitbag.