A man rushes out of his house in Miami last month, ripping his clothes off in a rage, screaming violently, after smoking a crystal-like drug. Five police officers are required to take him down as he exhibits superhuman strength. He is sweating, paranoid, delusional and hallucinating about seeing objects in front of him.The behavior described above, known as “excited delirium”, is the result of emerging use of a new synthetic amphetamine-like stimulant that is similar to the compound contained in bath salts, also known as cathinones.

The drug is called “Flakka”, and if you are the parent of a teen, it’s important to educate yourself about this new designer drug.

Use of the drug have been reported primarily in Florida, Texas, and Ohio, but the drug is likely making its way into many other cities.

Source: Flakka: The New Designer Drug You Need To Know About

Yesterday, Ft Lauderdale police had to shoot a man under the influence of Flakka after a hostage stand-off. Another man was so high, he tried to kick the door of Ft Lauderdale PD headquarters.

Basically what you get is an individual with zero common sense, possibly very aggressive and strong with low tolerance for pain.

While I was reading the article, I came to this section:

Flakka is produced from a compound known as alpha-PVP, synthetically derived and made from an amphetamine-like derivative of the drug, cathinone.

The khat plant, which grows in parts of the Middle East as well as Somalia, is the source of cathinones. The leaves of the plant are often chewed to achieve euphoria or a high.

If you watched Blackhawk Down, you heard  khat mentioned. If you read the book, you got a more in-deep explanation of what the Somali rebels were putting in their systems. I was also reminded that in the book, the Rangers and Delta complained that the Skinnies were taking rifle rounds which were supposed to down normal human beings but it did not seem to affect them as if somebody forgot to send them the memo that even the 5.56 mm bullet was going to do some serious energy transfer. They just did not feel it. I know that the AP version of the ammo was partially blamed, but it cannot bear all fault for not bringing a person down. Now make the extensions to a more concentrated form of khat via designer drug or bath salt and what we have is the possibility of somebody that will take an ungodly amount of rounds before it goes down.

Headshots? yes, but we know it is hard to achieve. Keep a lot of BBs in your gun and spares.

PS: I was just checking my blog feeds and coincidentally Active Response Training has a nice presentation from Dr. Cunha about Flakka.



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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

9 thoughts on “Flakka: 21st Century’s Angel Dust?”
  1. Quick, we need to limit the capacity of the magazines you can carry for your firearm and in the case of California require a tool to swap them out. Yeah, that will take care of this threat nicely. The idiot Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, and Communists, but I repeat myself, sure want to limit my self-defense options while simultaneously decriminalizing drug abuse.

    End Sarcasm.

  2. Wonder who got the brilliant idea to amp up qhat. And whether we can exact the justice the rest of us deserve…

  3. Well, obviously, we need to ban this drug… which is likely already illegal. Because banning simple plants like cannabis and coca could never lead to people creating stronger alternatives. If only we had a previous example of what prohibiting substances does to incentivize people, perhaps in a liquid form…

    1. Dude, that’s just crazy talk. Everybody knows if you make something illegal, then no one will ever do it! 😉

      This stuff looks like the unholy marriage of meth and dust. Whatever happened to smoking a doob, eating 100 bags of Cheetos and taking a nap?

      1. “smoking a doob, eating 100 bags of Cheetos and taking a nap”.

        Ahhh, the good old days. I had to quit smoking pot because I couldn’t afford the Cheetos. Back in my semi criminal youth. Back them USMC stood for Uncle Sams Marijuana Club. I guess it’s a good thing I grew up.

  4. α-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone is essentially just synthetic cathinone, and like most of its chemical family is a acts as a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI). The effects really aren’t much different for the (ab)user than cocaine would be… But it’s dirt cheap.

    It’s considered a Schedule I drug under federal law and in most of the states. So, don’t worry. Our government’s War on Drugs… Ugh, I cannot even form the snark necessary to make a sarcastic joke after typing those words.

    α-PVP is just the newest in a long string of “ZOMG EVERYBODY PANIC!” drugs for the statist drug warriors, fear-mongering politicians, and soundbite whoring media (but I repeat myself) to use to whip up fear in the hoi polloi.

    Yes, it’s a chemical that can f–k you up; Yes, people are abusing their bodies with it; Yes, criminals are making profits selling it on the black market… But, end of the day? It’s just another street drug. The drug addicts that are killing themselves with it would have been abusing crack cocaine in the 1980s, opium in the 1880s, and something else I’m sure in the 1780s.

    Ignore the ‘Reefer Madness’ hysteria from the perpetually hysterical.

    1. I think in the 1700’s, the cheep street drug was still distilled liquor. “Demon Rum” and such. I’ve seen Gin in the 1600’s compared to crack cocaine multiple times in books/articles/documentaries.

  5. I believe the article should read : very aggressive and strong with (high) tolerance to pain

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