Sometimes referred to as “gravel” because of its gray, rock-like texture, flakka is a somewhat new, completely man-made drug that has had a deadly effect in the United States. Cheap, easy to make, and highly addictive, flakka is known for causing overdoses in users. If you are facing drug charges for flakka use or any other type of drug offense, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney right away.
The Devastating Impact of Flakka
According to a CNN report, flakka, which means “beautiful woman” in Spanish slang, contains the same chemical found in bath salts. This chemical, called MDPV, works in the brain by binding the molecules that regulate serotonin and dopamine. Rather than maintaining a healthy balance between these neurotransmitters, flakka soaks the brain with them. This produces a long-lasting high, but it quickly destroys brain function.
The high resembles the effect of cocaine in the brain, but flakka is more devastating for various reasons. Because it stays in the brain for such a long time, flakka is more likely to create long-term damage. It also forces the brain to soak in dopamine and serotonin by blocking the reuptake of transmitting neurons. This blockage can lead to a high that lasts as long as three days.
Doctors have also seen users develop serious kidney damage. Because flakka causes a user to develop hyperthermia, the muscles eventually break down. Once an individual’s body temperature exceeds 105 degrees, the muscles and kidneys begin to suffer. Some users have been forced to undergo dialysis. Others have passed away due to heat stroke. Police reports claim people high on flakka often remove their clothing as they grow too hot and experience delusions.
Flakka is also much more accessible than cocaine. Although usually made in China, the drug is often distributed in the U.S. through a network of dealers, who sell it in gas stations for $3 to $5 per dose. Reports say it is also sold online.
Razumich Law: Knowledgeable Drug Crimes Defense
Flakka is a deadly, addictive drug that destroys lives. If you have been charged with a drug crime, you need help and support so you can get better and reclaim your life. Call Razumich Law, P.C. today at (317) 983-5333 for a free consultation.
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