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Synthetic Drug Gaining Popularity in Florida

Pam Bondi
Posted at 10:59 PM, Jun 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-09 19:03:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida attorney general's office is alerting parents of a new popular synthetic drug, Flakka. According to the A.G.'s office, the main ingredient in Flakka was made illegal in the state of Florida in 2012.

The Florida News Service says Flakka looks like small white rocks, and is also sometimes referred to as "gravel" because of its appearance. They say the drug can snorted, smoked, eaten or vaporized using an e-cigarette, and when used, it often leads to delusions, hallucinations and an increase in body temperature, causing the user to act erratically.

Whitney Ray, a spokesman for Attorney General Pam Bondi, says the low price of Flakka has led to greater use among young adults and teenagers.