Serious Death Risk from these drugs

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  1. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    I got this thru my Local Tea Party (many of us who are or have been 1st responders)
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    This crap is dangerous to all who use it, and those who come in contact with these out of control individual users.
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    Ed. Note: This is becoming an issue for all emergency responders.
    Increasing access and frequency of patient contact under the influence of
    flacca is a responder and patient safety issue. Note comments in the
    article about body camera use being the savior for the responders by
    documenting that the injuries sustained were self-inflicted and not caused
    by responders... PMM

    Police Are Freaking Out Over Drugged-up Flakka 'Zombies' | VICE News

    Police Are Freaking Out Over Drugged-up Flakka 'ZOMBIES'
    By Colleen Curry
    August 17, 2015

    A video captured by the body cameras of two cops in southern Illinois last
    month reportedly shows a naked man, allegedly high on the drug flakka,
    violently thrashing around his home, flipping over furniture, banging into
    walls, yelling, and avoiding all attempts by police to subdue him.

    The two police officers used stun guns to try to get control of Stephen
    Berkeley, 51, whom they say was in a state of "excited delirium" caused by
    the drug - symptoms include agitation, anxiety, high body temperature, and
    hallucinations - and called for medical assistance, according to police
    chief William Southerd of Christopher, Illinois.

    But it was too late, Southerd said. Berkeley died of an overdose. An
    investigator at the scene noted the bruises on Berkeley's body and the two
    officers nearby, and said the death would have been suspicious if not for
    the body camera videos showing Berkeley's demeanor, Southerd said.

    "This video was like something I've never seen before," Southerd said. "The
    guy was completely going nuts in the bedroom, banging into walls, flipping
    things over. He completely tore the room up, and once they got him subdued
    he died."

    "If it wasn't for the body cameras I'd probably have two officers in jail
    right now," he added. "Even our crime scene guys came in and said I've got a
    room completely torn up with bruises all over [the deceased], and two
    officers. I wouldn't know how to rule this."

    Southerd declined to share the video with VICE News, citing privacy concerns
    of Berkeley's family, but hopes to eventually secure its release and use it
    as an educational tool to alert legislators and school authorities to what
    he says is the growing threat of flakka, which he described as "bath salts
    on steroids."

    Flakka is a type of synthetic cathinone, just as bath salts are. On the
    death certificate issued by the Franklin County medical examiner, Berkeley's
    death was classified as "overdose by bath salts," showing the confusion law
    enforcement authorities currently face in trying to determine what new drugs
    they are seeing in their communities, as the makers of synthetic drugs
    continually change their chemical compositions. The medical examiner did not
    immediately answer questions from VICE News on which drug, exactly, was
    found in Berkeley's system.

    "The reaction, the best way I can describe it is, the terms my officers used
    is that you're dealing with a bunch of ZOMBIES, they're just completely out
    of their mind."

    Southerd says that bath salts and synthetic marijuana - another manufactured
    drug with a continually-changing chemical make-up - have been around in his
    town, Christopher, for a few years now. Flakka just showed up two months
    ago, and he is worried about what he's seen. His first encounter with
    someone on the drug, he said, was a woman who went out onto her front lawn
    with a knife and began stabbing "at trees and at the air and at ghosts"
    before police could subdue her.

    "Synthetic marijuana's been bad for two years here, and in the state of
    Illinois right now it is a catch-up game. Every time they make an ingredient
    illegal that's in this, the Chinese - that's where it's coming from -
    already has another analogue to put in it," Southerd said.

    "It's worse than heroin, meth, all that," he went on. "The reaction, the
    best way I can describe it is, the terms my officers used is that you're
    dealing with a bunch of ZOMBIES, they're just completely out of their mind."

    (Video - A woman allegedly under the influence of flakka freaks out in the
    middle of a busy road - )

    Flakka is the street name for alphapyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP),
    according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and is mainly produced in
    China, where other synthetic drugs are coming from, and then distributed by
    dealers on the ground in the US for around $3 to $5 a dose. Unlike synthetic
    marijuana, flakka takes the form of crystals that can be snorted, injected,
    vaporized, or eaten, according to the institute.

    The epicenter of flakka use is Broward County, Florida, which has had 477
    reported cases of flakka use in 2014. But the drug has begun to spread to
    other rural communities and small towns. According to the Drug Enforcement
    Administration, Georgia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Ohio all
    had high rates of flakka cases in 2013.

    Paul Faulk, the director of Broward County's Addiction Recovery Center, has
    witnessed the explosion of the drug first hand.

    "We started seeing the emergence of flakka back in September, 2014, and
    didn't know what it was but saw something different with the clients that
    were coming in," Faulk told VICE News.

    Faul said that the case load of flakka patients coming into the clinic has
    grown from one during September, 2014, to 40 to 50 a month now. In May, he
    joined local law enforcement officers and community outreach groups who held
    an emergency press conference warning drug users to stay away from flakka.

    "It's been a drain to our organization as far as resources go because they
    behave in a way we have never seen with drug or alcohol intake: much more
    aggressive, paranoid, very anxious, and that makes it very very difficult to
    treat them," he said.

    Faulk said that there is no quick way to detox flakka users except to sedate
    them until they "come back to reality," and that sometimes that can take 30
    days or more.

    "Even after that period of 30 days they still exhibit symptoms of the drug
    or the brain or body's reaction to it," he said. "Colleagues in the
    community have said they still see erratic behavior with this community four
    to six months later. it all depends on the usage and the excited delirium,
    when the body is pretty much dying unless it gets medical intervention."

    "We've been trying to protect our youth because that's where they're
    targeting the drug right now," Faulk said, noting that it's cheap, looks
    like candy, and is frequently introduced to young people by its inclusion in
    other drugs.

    "People want to just try marijuana or think they're getting molly but it's
    laced with flakka," he said. "It's extremely addictive. That's why dealers
    are putting it in other drugs. It produces a very strong high, it's very
    addictive, and many victims say this drug calls me like no other drug."

    Nearly all 50 states have at least some version of a ban on synthetic
    cathinones, according to the DEA, though changes in a drug's composition can
    sometimes be used to skirt the laws.

    Dr. Joseph Palamar, a researcher in population health and drug use at New
    York University Medical Center, said he is wary that some of the coverage
    flakka has gotten that portrays people as turning violent and out of control
    is overblown.

    "I think the media is focusing on outstanding cases involving flakka," he
    said. "Just like with synthetic marijuana, they're showing very strange
    cases, then the public thinks if you use flakka you're going to get crazy
    and break things down and maybe attack people. But they're only focusing on
    the strange cases," Palamar told VICE News. "I'm sure thousands and
    thousands of people have used flakka and didn't break into a police
    station."

    Palamar cautioned that individuals who lose control on flakka may already
    have psychological issues and be on psychiatric medications, and might be
    addicted to other drugs like crystal meth. But for others, using a synthetic
    drug like flakka that mimics the stimulating effects of methamphetamines
    might produce an effect "like a really strong Adderall" without causing a
    person to fly into a violent rage.

    But for Southerd and Faulk, who are working to combat flakka use on the
    ground, one violent rage is enough.

    "Back when meth hit it ruined a lot of people's lives, but this here is
    worse," Southerd said. "It's so addicting, and so easy to get, and so new
    that a lot of police agencies and state attorneys throughout southern
    Illinois don't know how to prosecute it, so there are people out here making
    good money off of it by selling it. It's so new, and it's so frustrating."

    Follow Colleen Curry on Twitter: @currycolleen
     
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2015
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  2. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    Another day, another new drug...

    Kinda like natures way of saying; "You're too stupid to live,".[tongue]
     
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  3. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey++

    We'll likely see more and more of this kind of thing as people who were full time employed 5 or 10 years ago now have virtually nothing to look forward to, other than a life on welfare.
     
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  4. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    There was a time several years ago when I was unemployed for almost two years. (NOT for lack of trying !) I developed a business, while labor intensive kept us alive until something better finally came along.

    Adapt or die. Literally. [OO]
     
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  5. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey++

    Yep. I was unemployed in the early 80's. I did a little under the table work on avionics and thought of ways to live cheap until the employment picture brightened some 2 1/2 to 3 years later.
    I was unemployed again in the early 90's for about 4 months. Had to move out of state, but ended up with a job that paid almost twice the one I got laid off from.
    There are ways around things without resorting to self-destructive behavior. To the sheep who can't figure that out - Oh well.
    The more I think about it, hopelessness is a self-imposed condition, unless you're maybe terminally ill.
     
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