Drug more lethal than cocaine



Although the use of cocaine in teens is somewhat low, flakka could take over as its replacement and deaths would skyrocket. Teen drug use is going down, which is good. However, new drugs coming in to play could cause a reverse effect.

Max Torem, Staff Writer

There is a new drug in the country and it may be more dangerous than you think. It’s called flakka. In some parts of the country it is called gravel for because of its white crystal chunks that are very similar to aquarium gravel.

“I’ve heard of this before. It’s a really bad thing and the problem is that you can’t take too much but it’s addictive,” sophomore Joshua Isaac said.

The man-made drug causes a high similar to cocaine. Much like “bath salts,” a group of synthetic drugs that were banned in 2012, flakka has the potential to be a much more serious issue than cocaine.

According to Jim Hall, a drug abuse epidemiologist at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, “It’s difficult to control the exact dose.” He also added, “Just a little bit of difference in how much is consumed can be the difference between getting high and dying. It’s that critical.”

The biggest problem is the negative effects that it has on your body. Just a small overdose of the drug that can be smoked, injected, and snorted can cause what experts call “extreme delirium.” Violent behavior, body temperatures of 105 or above, and paranoia can mark extreme delirium.

What has brought the most attention to this drug is that it makes users feel as if they are the “Incredible Hulk”. Of course, the strength and fury included.

It would be cool to feel like the Hulk. But in a fun way, not some unnatural drugged up way,” sophomore Bradley Greenberger said.