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What Is a Synthetic Drug?
A synthetic drug refers a designer drug intended to mimic the “high” of popular illegal drugs such as cocaine, LSD, stimulants, and marijuana. Recently, bath salts, a type of synthetic drug, has become popular. It gives an amphetamine-like effect when taken. Another type of drug called Flakka has become popular among young people.
What Is Flakka?
Flakka is a designer drug. In street language, Flakka means “skinny young girl” or “skinny little girl.” Sometimes, the drug is referred to as “gravel” because of how it looks.
What Does Flakka Look Like?
The drug, sometimes spelled Flocka, resembles gravel because it consists of tiny white or pink crystals.
Where Does the Drug Come From?
There is a West African plant called khat. The plant is used in places such as Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and the Horn of Africa to get high or relax. Flakka is a synthetic form of the plant.
How Will Taking Flakka Affect Me?
The drug interferes with the neurotransmitter in the brain. People who consume the drug:
- Suffer from extreme paranoia
- Suffer delusions
- Become restless
- Become aggressive
People can suffer muscle and kidney damage and heart problems after taking the designer drug.
Where Is the Drug Sold?
Flakka is mainly sold in Asia. People are buying the drug over the Internet and distributing in the United States. Certain states, such as Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Florida, are experiencing a dramatic increase of people using the drug.
Who Is Using This Illegal Drug?
Adolescents and young adults are the most common users of Flakka.
Is Flakka Illegal?
Yes. In 2014, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) added Flakka on its restrictive list of controlled substances. This makes it easier for the federal government to prosecute sellers of Flakka. Possible penalties also increase to a 10-year sentence if the defendant is convicted of selling Flakka.
What Kind of Criminal Sentence Will I Face for Possessing Flakka?
A potential sentence for possessing Flakka depends on the jurisdiction. For example, possession may be a misdemeanor with a fine and year in jail.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Flakka Charge?
Like all illegal drug charges, criminal charges involving Flakka are very serious and carry harsh potential punishments. If you are facing Flakka charges, you absolutely should contact a criminal lawyer to help you fight your drug charge.
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Last Modified: 04-06-2016 10:54 AM PDT
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