A man with a Flakka addiction lays on the ground

Designer drugs from overseas coupled with ready accessibility via shady Internet websites is causing a major threat to the drug overdose epidemic in the United States. A designer drug, popularly known as “flakka”, highlights this threat incredibly well.

Flakka was responsible for the deaths of over 80 people in a single Florida county over the period of 2014-2015, and over ten thousand emergency room visits across the nation along with other similar designer drugs. (1)

Here we take a look at the dangers of flakka.

What is Flakka?

Flakka is the common street name for a chemical known as alpha-pyrrolidinophenone, or A man organizes his Flakka pills for consumptionalpha-PVP for short.

Flakka belongs to the drug class known as the synthetic cathinones, which together are known popularly as “bath salts” due to them originally being sold as such to skirt federal law.

Drugs such as flakka take advantage of US drug laws, which require the exact chemical composition of an outlawed drug be listed.

Overseas labs simply tweak the chemical formula to make drugs such as flakka legal, often times with disastrous consequences.

Flakka is used for its cocaine and methamphetamine-like effects, but is well known to cause serious delirium and bizarre behavior. (2)

What are the effects of Flakka?

Flakka is used by swallowing, snorting, injecting, and by vaping in various electronic cigarette devices. Users who are high on Flakka have been known to think that they are being chased,  along with other hallucinations.

Flakka has been shown to cause the following effects in users who abuse it (3):

  • Extreme paranoia
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations
  • Panic attacks
  • Increased sex drive
  • Excited delirium
  • Extreme agitation and violent behavior
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Extreme drug craving

What makes flakka so dangerous?

Flakka has been shown to be a significant contributor to several deaths over the years. These deaths include drug overdose deaths, suicides, driving accidents while intoxicated, accidents, and even one homicide by a person under the influence.

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The extreme paranoia, delirium, and agitation that is caused by flakka abuse simply leads to incredibly unpredictable behavior, making its use extremely dangerous. (4)

Final Note

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.


  1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190129101852.htm
  2. https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/59e4gb/the-dea-wants-to-permanently-ban-flakka-the-drug-linked-to-naked-freakouts-in-florida
  3. http://drugabuse.imedpub.com/flakka-intoxication-what-have-we-learned.pdf
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23361867