A New Designer Drug That Causes ‘Excited Delirium’ Is Sweeping Florida

A New Designer Drug That Causes ‘Excited Delirium’ Is Sweeping Florida


A new designer drug is getting increasingly popular in Florida and causing people to undergo even more extreme highs than bath salts or crystal meth.

The new designer drug called Flakka is mostly made out of synthetic amphetamine like cathiones which can also be found in bath salts. The drug can be acquired in a crystalline-form just like methamphetamines. There are various ways to take this drug – by swallowing, injecting or smoking it. The most common method is to smoke it using an e-cigarette. This way, one can use it in public without looking suspicious.

According to the medical experts, the drug can cause ‘excited delirium’ in which body temperature can rise to as high as 105 degrees, before highly unusual behavior is observed. Excited delirium causes the person to believe that he/she has superhuman strength, paranoia, hallucinations, profuse sweating and hyper-energy. The drug’s effects wear off after about 3 or 4 hours.

Brains exposed to flakka release large quantities of the hormone dopamine, which assists in control of the reward and pleasure centers of the brain. After the chemical is released from nerves, the drug blocks the center, preventing the re-uptake of the hormone, which would normally regulate the process.

Jim Hall, an epidemiologist at the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities at Nova Southeastern University, said, “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.”

Authorities have stated that they believe that the substance is manufactured in China and then somehow smuggled into USA. It is sold under the name of gravel, because it looks like that.

Lt. Dan Zsido of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, said, “On a scale of one to 10, Flakka is a 12. It comes from a place where we don’t know how it’s being made, who’s making it, and what’s been added to it before it reaches the end user so it’s very dangerous.”

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Carolyn Martin has done her Masters in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science and has been a part of The American Council on Science and Health, New York. She has been working as a chemist in drug discovery at several places for more than 11 years. Being graduated from the Virginia University, she has utilised her knowledge to explore the world of healthcare and medicines, so that she can contribute her portion for the society. Her writing style is heavily influenced with her background, where she brings out the best healthcare subjects along with the popular remedies, which can help the readers at times of need. Email : carolyn@dailysciencejournal.com
  • PrinceAshitaka

    this would explain why they band the words climate change in Florida. Everyone is high as hell.

  • The Doctor

    This is a continuing and serious problem for both user, medical providers, and law enforcement alike. We now have a generation a immediate please-me and easy-hack, except the hack is people, not machines. This started with the PiHKAL chemicals that where initially passed between chemistry students in small formulations to now permutations that change as quickly as the knowledge of their existence is made public. It is a money game of course for those that make it and sell it to small would be dealers worldwide, but with little regulation on the chemical labs in China and money needed to keep small labs and their not so on task scientists in funding, well we are loosing the safe psudo-spiritual vision quest that is college age life. The more we make it illegal instead of going after the manufacturers we push this industry into increasingly more powerful and harmful permutations of the very thing we are trying to stop.

  • Mark Eccles

    The padded cell or rubber room is going to have to be made again if this article is telling the truth, because there is no medical treatment for “excited delirium”. “Excited delirium” is what they write on the cause of death papers. To save someone, If the medics push antipsychotics (really a neuroleptic) , that chemical is just another poison for the kidneys and liver to try to filter out. There is no psychotic molecule. ” “The individual becomes psychotic,…”

  • R. Gallagher

    Carolyn, your bio needs an edit… not to be rude. I’m just saying- that’s not right.
    Designer drugs are all around you in the united states and have been for 30 years. As with every drug, the limit to its quantity will diminish the circle or distribution. Usually their creation is dependent upon availability of the raw ingredients, or at least a means to that end, chemically. ‘Khemists’ as underground a term as I know, experiment with variations on different chemical processes attempting to arrive at various concentrations of the same substance and often stumble upon bi-products and choose to sell them. That is what this probably is. It is probably a drug that has already been around for a long time and its’ just an irregular batch. Dumb kids will ingest anything to get high. duh.

  • R. Gallagher

    And don’t kid yourselves, that’s exactly what Zoloft and Xanax are