The legs of a man totally naked they writhe together to the other person, also without clothing, which remains motionless. That scene is the only thing that was able to capture a security camera on a case of cannibalism occurred in the streets of Miami.
The subject started to chew part of a man’s face, in what was described as a cannibalistic attack.
The realization of the brutality of the scene, an officer shot in the leg of the aggressor, which is hardly unmoved for a second to return the bleeding face of his victim. Finally, the police drawn and shoot up to six times on the back of the naked man who finally falls dejected on the pavement.
It is 2012 and the news gives the round-the-world: a “zombie attack” shocks to the united States. Witnesses recount the horror of the scene while police and doctors try to understand the motive of the attack.
The response comes days later: it was not a living-dead, but a man under the powerful effects of bath salts, known as the “drug zombie“.
What is the drug zombie?
Known as Flakka, it is a new and potentially dangerous synthetic drug. Is the name current for alpha-PVP: a synthetic very potent that contains cathinone, which is a stimulant that produces a sense of euphoria. Synthetic cathinones are a new variety of drugs street amphetamine, which are commonly known as “bath salts“.
This compound resembles the metilenedioxipirovalerona (also known as MDPV) both by their chemical structure as for the effects on the body. While the consumption of the active ingredient of bath salts is illegal, the alpha-PVP is still legal in Spain. The flakka can be consumed orally, snorted, smoked or injected.
How powerful is the flakka?
The flakka simulates the effects of cocaine and methamphetamine with the advantage that it is a drug much more cheaply, that is why the substance has become so popular among young university students.
In addition it also is 10 times more powerful than cocaine. The euphoria caused by the flakka is significantly more powerful than one might feel using a drug of natural origin such as cocaine.
Why is it so dangerous?
It is known that the flakka can increase the body temperature to 40 degrees, or even more. An extremely high body temperature can have dire consequences: it can lead to kidney damage or kidney failure, and even death.
The synthetic drug also can raise blood pressure, which can cause a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm or heart failure, according to the Mayo Clinic.
How brutal are the side effects of flakka?
People who consume flakka in the beginning you feel euphoric, very sociable, stimulated, more focused and will have an increase in sexual desire. However, these effects will quickly disappear, making users want to return to consume more of the drug.
Then, the consumer of the substance, they experience what is known as “delirium ” excited“: a condition that involves hallucinations, paranoia, increased strength and hyperstimulation.
The heart rate is accelerated, the sex drive plummets. It is possible to experience panic attacks able to induce depression and even suicide. It is also common to enter a state of extremely psychotic and violent.
The behavior of people under the influence of cathinones is so frightening and unnerving. Dozens of videos to filter through in the network showing the horrific transformation suffered by those who ingested this synthetic drug, which in high doses is fatal.
Despite the fact that different legislations around the world have banned the consumption of cathinone, the measures are not sufficient to curb their consumption and production.