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‘Flakka’ threat looms large

12 Nov 2017 06:29am IST

Report by
BASURI DESAI

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12 Nov 2017 06:29am IST

Report by
BASURI DESAI

Goa’s coastal belt is facing a serious threat, as a very dangerous drug called ‘Flakka’ could enter the State’s narcotics market at any time.


Goa’s coastal belt is facing a serious threat, as a very dangerous drug called ‘Flakka’ could enter the State’s narcotics market at any time.

According to sources in the trade, Flakka’s entry into Goa could follow the pattern that the drug ‘Meow Meow’ took when introduced in the State.  

Flakka has impact Florida in the US the most. The drug began to spread to the Midwest in 2015 and according to experts it may hit India any time.  Information on the web, compiled by experts and foreign media, states that Flakka is a new and potentially dangerous synthetic drug. Flakka is the street name for alpha-PVP, a very potent synthetic cathinone drug. Synthetic cathinones are a new variety of amphetamine-like street drugs, commonly referred to as ‘bath salts’. Flakka is very potent and an inexpensive compost. It appears to be more potent than methamphetamine, and it is believed to have a higher addictive potential. Its use has been found to lead to paranoia, delusions and hallucinations.  Within 16 months (2014-2015) in Fort Lauderdale and its suburbs alone, 63 supposed Flakka users died from acute intoxication, accidents, suicides and homicides, as per information on the internet.  Lot of drug users are actually using Flakka or other bath salts unknowingly or unintentionally, thinking it’s Molly.  Flakka is known to spike the body temperature up to 104 degrees, if not higher. An extremely high body temperature can have dire consequences. It can lead to kidney damage or kidney failure, and even death. The synthetic drug can also elevate the blood pressure, which can cause a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm or heart failure. Herald in past had reported about Meow Meow that had been introduced in the State while it available in the narcotics market after just a year of being introduced elsewhere. The same drug was later available in the internal areas of Goa besides the coastal villages.
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