Flakka has only been around for a few years, but it’s already become a widespread problem. Data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reveals that the number of reported cases of the drug has increased by 780 percent in three years. In 2010, no cases of the drug had been reported in this country; by 2014, the number of cases had risen to 670. The Justice Department issued an emergency declaration in early 2014, making alpha-PVP a controlled substance. Despite this regulation, the drug remains readily available on the street. Flakka South Florida programs can help you or someone you love deal with the symptoms of drug abuse and addiction.
Effects of Flakka
Flakka is highly addictive due to the intense feelings of euphoria it causes. The stimulation of dopamine in the body can cause a person to experience intense cravings for the drug when the initial high wears off. Abusers can also experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, including depression, anxiety, severe fatigue, night sweats and suicidal thoughts. This can lead a person to relapse to avoid these unpleasant symptoms. Flakka South Florida treatment programs are designed to help patients detox from this drug, followed by therapy, relapse prevention and aftercare.
A typical dose of Flakka is only 0.003 ounces, and so it takes very little to overdose and produce severe effects, including heart problems. As with other addictive drugs withdrawal symptoms occur when the drug use is stopped, and many users resort to taking more to relieve their symptoms.
Some users of Flakka imagine they are being chased or followed by people or packs of dogs trying to kill them and may run in front of traffic, or lie down or roll in the street oblivious to the dangers. Others have found they can suddenly write backwards or have the sensation of insects crawling under their skin. They may see dead bodies that are not there, and may imagine they are dead themselves.
Emergency treatment for Flakka overdose is injection of a sedative (often diazepam or midazolam) to counter the stimulant effect and slow the heart rate. If not treatment immediately, overdose can led to death. Since this drug appears to be highly addictive, treatments provided by Flakks South Florida treatment centers can be the difference between life and death.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.