The Dangers Of Flakka

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A new designer drug called “Flakka” also known as “gravel” in other areas of the country has hit the streets and is gaining massive popularity in South Florida. Flakka is inexpensive, exceptionally potent and is depicted as the succeeding generation of synthetic drugs. Users possess feelings of euphoria and delirium that is produced by imitating the stimulant cathinone (Calarco, 2015). Flakka is mainly produced with alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone (Alpha-PVP), a synthetic stimulant initially developed in the 1960’s, and recognized as the equivalent form of chemical used to produce an alternative abused substance known as “bath salts” (Calarco, 2015). Similar to Flakka, bath salts contain artificial chemicals linked to amphetamine creating dangerous …show more content…
Synthetic drugs are hazardous prior to being altered, however, since the chemicals used to produce Flakka differ, individuals using the drug cannot be certain of the ingredients, potency, and desired effects (Calarco, 2015). The author Calarco (2015) highlights the increased risk of substantial complications consisting of tachycardia, irritability, elevated blood pressure, dizziness, aggressive behaviors, paranoia, hallucinations, psychotic incidents, heart attack, killer instincts, and death. Artificial drugs imitate cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, and ecstasy creating a greater concern that symptoms may not subside for numerous days for first-time users. Those that are repeat users may experience symptoms for approximately 2 weeks (Calarco, …show more content…
The article was titled appropriately by giving readers a glimpse of what the article entailed. The information presented within the article was easy to read and comprehend, even for individuals that may not possess any medical knowledge. Thus, I would recommend this article to my fellow colleagues, as it is valuable information to the nursing practice regarding Flakka. Strengths of the article included an overview of what Flakka is derived from and the various chemicals used, a list of the desired and dangerous effects of the drug, an explanation of why the drug is so appealing to new and long-term drug users, and how the drug bypasses laws and becomes readily available on the streets (Calarco, 2015). Additional statistics of the prominent age using the drug and percentage of drug choice compared to other street drugs, as well as additional information regarding symptoms and treatment for Flakka were also included within the article. The only weakness identified within the article was the lack of information regarding how much it cost an individual to acquire Flakka. However, when comparing this to the information provided within the article, the pricing of the actual drug and how it benefits drug dealers is not significant. The information provided in this article is crucial to the nursing profession because nurses must be educated and trained to treat

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