Northumberland – The Northumberland OPP is warning the public about a new synthetic street drug called “Flakka” suspected to be circulating in Northumberland County. Some call it the “zombie” drug because it turns it’s victims into zombies.

This drug is being sold on the streets as Xanax according to police. “Flakka” is a designer drug that can be snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed. The drug has been found in both powder and rock forms and can vary in color. It may also be combined with other, softer drugs such as marijuana.

Symptoms of ingestion of “Flakka” are often delayed, occurring up to 18-24 hours after ingestion and include; extreme agitation, hallucinations, dystonia (muscles contract uncontrollably), psychosis, hyperactivity, delirium, bizarre behaviour, and extreme strength. The Police say the side effects of this drug include but are not limited to acute kidney injury, heart failure and even death.

CNN reports a man in South Florida who broke down the hurricane-proof doors of a police department admitted to being on flakka. A girl in Melbourne, Florida, ran through the street screaming that she was Satan while on a flakka trip.

Anyone who encounters a person who appears to be in a state of overdose should exercise extreme caution and immediately call 9-1-1. police advise.

By Pamela Vanmeer

https://www.kawartha411.ca/2018/07/16/dangerous-street-drug-suspected-to-be-circulating-in-northumberland/