New designer drug “Flakka” on the rise

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A new puzzling drug called “flakka” has hit the streets of Florida, Texas and Ohio, leading to an odd streak of paranoid crimes.

The designer drug is made up of alpha-PVP, a close cousin to the main ingredient in the banned bath salt drug. The other ingredients in flakka change and vary, making it difficult for law enforcement officials to ban.

Forbes reports the drug’s effects can last anywhere from 3 hours to several days.

Because the drug is relatively new, scientists can only guess that it works like most uppers, by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the brain.

The drug leads to a spike in the user’s heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature.
Users may also experience superhuman strength.

When flakka leaves the body, the user experiences an intense comedown and may take another dose to combat the resulting depression. This leads to a highly addictive drug, much like bath salts.

Hallucinations and delusions often accompany the high, which can cause erratic behavior.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Flakka pebbles from an unmarked bottle, alpha-PVP molecule models in the flakka
2. Avatar showing ways to take flakka: snorting, smoking, injecting and swallowing
3. Dopamine and norepinephrine molecules increasing in the brain
4. Avatar’s heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature rising
5. Flakka leaving the avatar’s system, avatar’s vitals returning to normal
6. Avatar hallucinating something in front of it, hallucination disappearing

VOICEOVER (in English):

The new designer drug flakka is made up of alpha-PVP, a close cousin to the main ingredient in the banned bath salt drug.

Flakka can be snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed.

Because the drug is relatively new, scientists can only assume it works like most uppers, by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine [nor-eh-pinn-EFF-rinn] levels in the brain.

The drug leads to a spike in the user’s vital signs, and many users have claimed feelings of super-human strength.

When the drug leaves the body, the user likely feels a pull to take the drug again to combat the come-down, making flakka highly addictive.

Hallucinations and delusions often accompany the high, which can cause erratic behavior.

SOURCES: Sun Sentinel, Forbes, International Business Times
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-broward-boulevard-flakka-streaker-20150406-story.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertglatter/2015/04/04/flakka-the-new-drug-you-need-to-know-about/
http://www.ibtimes.com/what-flakka-new-5-insanity-drug-making-bath-salts-look-aspirin-1874568