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.
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.