What is Flakka?
Flakka has become increasingly popular in recent years. Designer drugs like flakka vs. meth are usually produced in concealed locations and are often homemade. They are usually created by mixing over the counter materials with drugs that come from a plant. It’s always nearly impossible to determine what designer drugs like Flakka are composed or their effects because they are produced and sold illegally. Despite their popularity, these drugs are very dangerous (and often fatal) and should be avoided at all costs.
Researchers Compare Flakka to Deadly Bath Salts
A new drug called flakka has caused a series of bizarre crimes across Florida and the Southeast, and new studies have found it may be even more addictive than crystal meth.
Doctor Michael Taffe and Doctor Tobin Dickerson were the authors of a groundbreaking new study that compared the addictive potential of bath salts and flakka. In the past, the two authors collaborated on another study that measured bath salts against crystal meth in similar conditions to the ones used in the flakka study.
In an earlier study, Dr. Taffe and Dr. Dickerson were able to demonstrate that bath salts caused rats to use their exercise wheels less often than rats who used crystal meth. Exercising on the wheel provided a measure of how much dependence on the drug had affected the rats’ lives by showing how the drugs caused the rats to give up things they enjoy.
The most recent study compared flakka to bath salts, finding the drugs have similar addictive potential. That bath salts and flakka would have similar addictive potential makes sense, because the drugs are only slightly different on the chemical level.
Both drugs are referred to as synthetic cathinones, and have a chemical structure similar to the natural drug found in the leaves of the khat plant. Cathinones were first made popular as club and party drugs in Israel and the Middle East.
Cathinones were eventually outlawed in the U.S., which launched a massive effort by drug chemists across the globe to bring the illicit substances to market in some form. Today, these chemists have found new ways to shift the chemical structure of the drug to keep the desired effects while making the drugs not technically illegal.
Why Users are Choosing Flakka vs. Meth
Many users of flakka have a history of meth use, as well as past experience with other drugs like cocaine. One reason why users make the choice for flakka vs. meth is flakka’s extremely low cost. A dose of flakka is only about $5, whereas meth can range from $25 to $80 per hit, depending on how much is purchased at one time and where the user buys it.
One unfortunate truth is that many flakka overdose victims were unaware that their other drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, were “cut” using flakka by a shady dealer. The flakka that kills could very well be disguised as another drug. This is a big problem for unsuspecting users, as flakka can be quickly deadly. It is particularly dangerous for people with underlying mental conditions. Flakka exacerbates depression and paranoia, leading many users to suicide.
Another issue of flakka vs. meth is that flakka is so new to the market that little is known about the drug and its effects. Flakka has been abused for under ten years in America. Methamphetamine, on the other hand, has been known since 1919 and widely used since the 1940s.
Provides Cheap High, Leads to Major Consequences
Coming onto the scene sometime around 2011, bath salts quickly generated massive amounts of media panic. The drug was attributed, often inaccurately, to a number of bizarre and terrifying crimes. Today however, bath salts remain a totally marginal drug. Flakka will more than likely follow a similar path.
The one main difference between flakka vs. meth and bath salts is their prices. Flakka is incredibly cheap, which could boost its popularity in poor communities.
Freedom from Substance Abuse in South Florida
Designer drugs, like flakka, are deceiving in that people believe that they’re indulging in low-risk fun or that consuming them isn’t as dangerous as taking illicit drugs. Regardless of whether it’s a street drug, like cocaine or heroin or whether it’s flakka vs. meth, no substance abuse is ever safe and there are major consequences to leading a life of substance abuse. Many people end up in jail, with serious health issues, or even dead after being exposed to substance abuse. If you or a loved one is struggling with drug abuse, whether it’s flakka vs. meth or any other popular drug, professional medical detox and addiction treatment can help you reclaim your life. Call Serenity House Detox to leave the drugs behind, and start a better life.