Crystal meth is a scourge on our society. It’s easy to make – you don’t have to be a chemist and you can get pretty much everything you need at Target and your local hardware store. It’s highly addictive and it destroys your body inside out as you use it. It looks like there’s a replacement on the market called “flakka” or “$5 insanity.”
It resembles a mixture of crack cocaine and crystal meth and, according to the cops, smells like a sweaty sock.
$5 insanity causes a feeling of euphoria, hallucinations, and superhuman strength. A frequent side effect is psychosis. In the 60s drugs like this were known as “head on a post” because they had the ability to reduce the user to a state that closely resembled a fence post with a non-functioning head attached.
Flakka is made from synthetic cathinones and it’s use is up dramatically across the US in the last two years.
Jim Hall, an epidemiologist at the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities at Nova Southeastern University, said: ‘We’re starting to see a rash of cases of a syndrome referred to as excited delirium.
“This is where the body goes into hyperthermia, generally a temperature of 105 degrees.
“The individual becomes psychotic, they often rip off their clothes and run out into the street violently and have an adrenaline-like strength and police are called and it takes four or five officers to restrain them.
“Then once they are restrained, if they don’t receive immediate medical attention they can die.”
Don’t expect the DEA or your local police to do much to stem the tide of $5 insanity if it going in your city. It’s very cheap to make, it’s currently selling for about $10 per high, significantly less than crystal meth, which was a bargain when it first hit the streets.
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