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