“Zombie Drug” – The Truth About Flakka


I’ve never seen a drug take over a whole town the way it did in my city in a patient that is over those at the height of the epidemic how many people are coming through this day we have anywhere between five and eight patient’s a day I’ve never seen patients in such an excited delirium state as I had with flock at the patients completely physically out of control of their own bodies someone be homeless from laundry addicts some not be normal people I can’t really judge only the counting on that I tell mr. Fleming everywhere in the community and it’s cheaper you can actually become a dealer of black out with $2,000 in the coverage a lot of people believe that the canvas we made it his original purpose was to replace crime I think synthetic scissors open up an entire Pandora’s box of so many different chemical pathways that we can go down it’s coming under different names different chemical structures every time I turn around there’s a new type of stimulant that’s out there of course all synthetic base [Music] and then come back and a lot of a few years ago and drug came on the scene in Florida called Flocka people began comparing its arrival to his zombie outbreak or even a biblical apocalypse because of the amount of viral videos and sensationalist news reports of alleged flock of overdoses that began to flood the internet the most infamous reporter Flocka use was when one guy allegedly ate a homeless man’s face off while on the side of a highway from this man attempting to break into a police station and smashing hurricane-proof glass because he thought he was being chased while on the drug they’re on a psychotic stage to this guy being tased with two tasers at the same time and did not stop anything or this man who ran naked through the back window of a parked car the videos of alleged Flocka overdoses seem to be endless flakka is a man-made drug similar to bath salts bath salts come from a synthetic cathinone that affects the central nervous system and are designed to mimic the effects of cocaine methamphetamine MDMA or ecstasy Flocka can be ingested by sniffing snorting smoking or injection when ingested dopamine levels in the brain increase causing feelings of euphoria and heightened alertness at the same time a surge of norepinephrine is produced in the brain raising heart rates and blood pressure and then causing what doctors call excited delirium where the body experiences extreme temperatures and paranoia the mind can start to hallucinate and this often leads to violent aggression self-injury and in some cases that so we managed to get in touch with someone and your distributive Locker to trap houses in southern Florida his girlfriend also used it several times a day so we’re gonna meet them now after everything they’ve seen and heard about this drug to be honest I’m less worried about the guy selling it than I am of the person who might be on it so why did you decide to start selling Flocka pretty much there’s like a supply for crack and me and a partner of mine realized that it was just gonna be a cheaper alternative what were the benefits for you economically to sell flock I rather than crack announced a flock online but like when I was first around the hood this alpha PvP those in your path and on all the black markets were listening all the major sites on the dark web had it you saw somebody announce for like a hundred bucks compared to 800 to a thousand for crack it’s just numbers was Flocka designed to be a replacement for crack a lot of people believe that the canvas who made it his original purpose was to replace crime I must be brought in and just fit in perfectly multi-use drugs in China or in the gods for what we are a cab so you were making like good money from Flocka for a while everyone was doing it and then what happened around 2016 China which was the main supplier of most of our research chemicals they banned flock of the PvP not long after all the black market started listing alpha pH key just by the name and like the structure you compare to the old one that was very similar still the cathinone comes from the same plant so we just started ordering that breaking it up bagging it up and just dropping it off to the trucks you found me it’s basically all they did was just give it a slight rebrand change the chemical structure and all of a sudden they can legally produce it exactly the effects are almost the same did you have any flock with you today yeah it’s pretty amazing that you know a drug has not come out that could replace like the crack epidemic this is the one that’s what’s gonna replace the crack epidemic making two ways to smoke it some people like to smoke it just laughs yeah go empty this pan out use it as a straw to suction it through okay some people will make like a little more pipe with it and just put it right there and try to vaporize it at the bottom so for you is it is vlogger kind of like a party drug no okay you know okay so it actually helps you with your work how some people behind me use cocaine recreationally that’s how you use yeah how often deep would you say you do it I did yeah four or five times four or five times a day yeah but not a lot you know depends right here had a bad reaction to it don’t do too much yura see anyone have a bad reaction to it yeah boys that like it was at somebody’s house and he ran in the back yard and kind of took his shirt off and he was kind of like talking to God and Spanish it was a beard right yeah so you saw someone have like a bad reaction to it but that didn’t turn you off a lot okay oh yeah lot in like a very short period of time and he just I guess go overdose himself it’s mostly just a very stimulating feeling for me at least I just depends on the amount that you do sorry yeah just hold it how quickly does it take effect relatively fast like now like now yeah so what do you feel like I could get up there do something you feel like restless or yeah you’re borderline angry that you can’t find anything to do and you’re trying to figure out what you can do where would you say are dependent on it yeah perhaps how how old are you I’m 21 would you ever want to accept treatment for that or it worries me I don’t want to be dependent on something but for right now honey not having any negative side effects I think we learned two things from that encounter one obviously not everyone who takes Flocka turns into an insane zombie and to a chemist was still able to come up with a slightly different chemical structure for Flocka which means that’s never going to stop happening so the scary thing is we’ve now entered an era of synthetic drugs where’d the Holy Cross Hospital in Broward County this is basically ground zero of the Flocka epidemic when it first started hitting the streets people were showing up this hospital in a state of excited delirium which meant that their temperature was really high their adrenaline was pumping in a superhuman rates of their body giving them superhuman strength it’s all the kind of crazy zombie like videos that we’ve seen on YouTube so we’re here to try and find out how that physiologically might occur from a drug like Flocka but also how does the hospital deal with such a uniquely terrifying crisis that’s happening on their streets dr. John Cunha is one of the leading medical experts on synthetic drugs at the Holy Cross Hospital and he saw many patients come in during the hype of the flock overdoses at the height of the epidemic how many people were coming through these doors on Flocka we had anywhere between five and eight patients a day would come through the doors with overdoses with Flocka they could come in really any state someone who would walk in just kind of hallucinating and some of them would be violent and be strapped to a stretcher or on life-support when they came in so it’s anywhere in between and did you know what was going on when they first started coming in in these states yeah in in the beginning of the epidemic in the 2014 early 2015 we really didn’t know what it was we actually heard on a street name Flocka and when we heard about Flocka we actually had to go back and research Flocka and come up with a way to Train EMS personnel and nursing personnel exactly what to do about that drug all these new research chemicals are they posing new challenges that the crack epidemic didn’t correct so all these synthetic drugs they all do a little bit different things to the brain so you may have one drug on the street for a couple weeks that does one thing and then the next week or two weeks later you have something that’s a little bit different with all these new synthetic drugs that are coming out and the difficulties it’s posing for you are you worried I think that the government has identified it as a problem but I really think there’s a lot of minds out there that will come up with the next best thing no matter how hard we try I think synthetic scissors open up an entire Pandora’s box of so many different chemical pathways that we can go down that there will always be one step ahead of the law of one step ahead of the governmental regulation and even one step ahead of the medical people that are trying to take care of these patients to learn more about the severity of synthetic drugs and how to combat them we spoke to Paul Falk of United Way’s community response team Blanco was was actually so bad that you had to create a specific Flocka Action Team yes one of the best moves we did what the Flocka Action Team was saying we need to go to China and pretty much son of enough as enough so what exactly did China do to clamp down on it they just wrote a piece of legislation on their side and pretty much said that this is illegal to manufacture that drug and any other facilities where they have the ability to manufacture synthetic drugs and chemicals that are mood-altering and including Flocka and that’s what they passed and did it work oh yes you wasn’t seeing it at all it literally vaporators feats of rural County is there a risk that producers might just again slightly alter the chemical structure and then start selling a new drug oh absolutely I I think that is a 24-hour process with these chemists always looking for an alternative just in case they ban a particular drug it’s coming under different names different chemical structures there’s always tied to the base of the molecule compound but it’s always changing so it’s almost like you’re playing a game of kind of whack-a-mole with all these different oh yeah synthetic substances that are coming up and as soon as you get rid of Flocka something else fills the gap that’s correct would you say we’re in a synthetic drug epidemic yes we are and unfortunately not as a state but as a country I don’t know we’re ever going to get out of it [Music] so far everyone we spoke to said that vloggers made me doubt out of trap house is just like crack we’re actually about to go visit it a trap house that does how flock and see well from the horse’s mouth that why it sells so well and how they supply people with it [Music] Matt gets me so how do you sell it these are out of a trap house like this yeah sort of oh that’s a car I got a house like personally from my league you know some people don’t like though get high and go out or you know they get so high they crazy say you’ve got a house where all these people are getting high doing all that crazy things we’ve seen and I must be mad right it was very mad it’s like the funhouse before me to drop this all said what’s this lose bother 14 so how much is this worth so the VP so is this the same flocker that people were using at the height of the epidemic the hyper epidemic is honestly it will per right now a lot of niggas cook cutting it okay what’s it being cut with some time cut we’re fitting all cutting it with baking soda it depends how I would it would it suit me personally I don’t cut my shirt since some of you are actually cutting us to defense now you’re they cut everything have you seen that lead to kind of an increase in overdoses and yes really yes so many people claim it it’s not it’s not real flaw there’s no way I don’t want that because I don’t know about people killing me so because I have a lot of shooters I have a lot of smokers how synthetics changed the whole drug trade mmm well you got so nearly so many different drugs are you ever heard an alligator yeah it’s the worst name flakka is worse than any hair on honestly is is for the bit dog so do you think that there’s always gonna be like another new drug yes to what codes law enforcement duty to stop this they really kind of stop only thing any bullet is just trying to slow it down I hate the person that Kylie Kylie came into killed see me I’m not killing I’m jakey I’m just fittingly hot obvious innate problems so we came to find out the truth about Flocka and while the initial zombie apocalypse we saw in the youtubes seems to have died down and hospitals are experiencing less excited delirium admissions the danger isn’t over that’s because in the past there used to be just a handful of drugs that police hospitals have to deal with whether it’s crack heroin or meth nowadays there are new drugs that we have even heard of until it’s too late it’s easy to forget that vlaka appeared overnight left a path of destruction and then almost instantly reappeared under a new name we need a new way of thinking about this because the next lock I could already be out there [Music] [Music]

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