A man rushed out of his house in Miami last month, ripping his clothes off in a rage, screaming violently, after smoking a crystal-like drug. Five police officers were required to take him down as he exhibited superhuman strength, Forbes reports. He was sweating, paranoid, delusional and hallucinating about seeing objects in front of him. His behavior, known as “excited delirium”, is the result of emerging use of a new synthetic amphetamine-like stimulant that is similar to the compound contained in bath salts, also known as cathinones. The drug is called “Flakka.”
Use of the drug have been reported primarily in Florida, Texas, and Ohio, but the drug is likely making its way into many other cities. Its appeal derives from the fact that it hasn't been officially banned, as have other bath salts containing the drug, MDPV, a commonly abused cathinone. Drug suppliers are always one step ahead, making new versions of previously banned drugs. Flakka, which comes in crystalline rock form, can be swallowed, snorted, injected, or used in an e- cigarette and vaped. The duration of the effects of the drug can last as few as 3-4 hours, but can also linger for days. The drug is highly addictive, both from a physical as well as a psychological perspective. Because it can be placed into a cartridge and vaped, the drug can easily be concealed in public, allowing many to use it without raising any suspicions.