"The drug also prevents neurons, or brain cells, from reabsorbing these brain chemicals, meaning the effects of the drug may linger in the system longer than people anticipate," explains American epidemiologist James Hall.The longer the drugs sit on the neurons in the brain, the more it destroys the cells. The following physical effects of Flakka are the following:
"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." adds Hall.The video below depicts the effects that Flakka has on users.
"This is a very dangerous drug and has caused many deaths in many parts of the world. South Africa is not winning the war on drugs and Flakka is going to be the evil of all evils if it’s not taken care off. We need stricter sentences for drug dealers and a concerted effort will have to be made to educate our people about the dangers of this and other drugs," explains King.The Cape Flats are one of the first areas to be reported of Flakka distribution. This past weekend, a man was stabbed by his neighbour who was on a Flakka high. Bontheuwel resident, Noel Dada, told a local news publication that he was stabbed repeatedly by someone who was under the influence of Flakka.
"I don’t know what was wrong with him, but he looked mad. He didn’t try to rob me, but just ran around with a big knife. He ran up to me and stabbed me in the head and I just felt the blood running," Dada told the news publication.Dada was taken to a local hospital where he received treatment.