Has “Flakka” Invaded Hernando County – Facts You Should Know
HERNANDO – Before his untimely death in 2004, singer, songwriter Rick James gained notoriety on the hit comedy series, Chappell’s Show, with the phrase “Cocaine is a Helluva Drug.” If James was still around, I wonder what he would say about a new, more powerful designer drug called “Flakka.”
Flakka made its debut in South Florida a few years ago, and the affects, some say, surpass that of Cocaine, crack, Heroin, and Methamphetamine combined.
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) Flakka is basically a tweaked version of bath salts, which contains a substance known as alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (Alpha-PVP).
Flakka can be swallowed, snorted, smoked, or injected and causes the user to experience vivid hallucinations and extreme euphoria.
In some cases, the body’s temperature can rise as high as 106 degrees, causing the user to remove all their clothes and run through the streets in a violent tirade.
In Broward County alone there have been at least 16 reported fatalities associated with the drug and the number of criminal cases continues to climb.
RNRF received numerous requests from concerned viewers, wanting to know if Flakka has come to Hernando County.
We asked Denise Moloney with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office if the Vice and Narcotics Unit had dealt with Flakka cases in our community. Moloney said “We haven’t any cases.”
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