04 May 2015

"Flakka" is also known as "$5 insanity"

"One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him.

Two others tried separately to break into the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. They said they thought people were chasing them; one wound up impaled on a fence.

The common element to these and other bizarre incidents in Florida in the last few months is flakka, an increasingly popular synthetic designer drug. Also known as gravel and readily available for $5 or less a vial, it's a growing problem for police after bursting on the scene in 2013...

Flakka, a derivative of the Spanish word for a thin, pretty woman, is usually sold in a crystal form and is often smoked using electronic cigarettes, which are popular with young people and give off no odor...
From an article by Curt Anderson (Associated Press) via the StarTribune.  More information at the link.


  1. You sure it's not just Florida being Florida?


  2. Yes, yes, we are all familiar with the "New drug that AP writers didn't take when they were in highschool is scarier than old drugs trope." And I am not shocked that police officers are making up scary stories about drugs since the message given by my DARE instructor in elementary school was basically a retelling of "Reefer Madness".


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