There’s a new drug in town called flakka. Everything you need to know about the new street drug ‘flakka’ — its insane side effects aren’t even the worst part.
While many reports are saying this new designer drug is sweeping the state of Florida, the mind-altering substance has also been popping up in a few other states across the country, including Ohio and Texas.
There, it goes by the name “gravel” because it looks like the colorful gravel pebbles you’d use to decorate the bottom of an aquarium.
Use of the drug, which can be snorted, smoked, injected, and swallowed, has been linked with serious — and sometimes deadly — behavioral problems:
- Earlier this week police arrested a man on flakka running naked across an intersection to escape the imaginary people he said were chasing him.
- In February, a man on flakka was caught on camera trying to kick in the glass doors of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale police headquarters.
- And last March, a man on flakka reportedly impaled himself on a metal fence.
If these behaviors remind you of the ones that made headlines a few years ago with the appearance of drugs called “bath salts” — it isn’t a coincidence. The two drugs are closely related.