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What Is Flakka

Flakka is the street name for a synthetic cathinone named alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (Alpha-PVP). It is chemically similar to other synthetic drugs known as “Bath Salts.” These synthetics mimic cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant found naturally in the khat plant.

What Does It Look Like

Flakka comes in the form of white or pink crystals.

What Are The Street Names/Slang Terms

Flakka, Gravel

How Is It Used

Flakka is ingested by eating, snorting, injecting or vaporizing (similar to an e-cigarette).

What Are The Short Term Effects

Flakka can cause “excited delirium,” which includes hyper-stimulation, paranoia and hallucinations. It can dangerously raise body temperature and lead to kidney damage and failure. Flakka can also lead to violent aggression and self-injury, and has been linked to suicides and heart attacks.

What Are The Long-Term Effects

Unknown.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

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