South Africa could face a ‘zombie’ outbreak
A dangerous drug has made an appearance in the country, sparking fear
A dangerous mind-altering drug that has been spreading in the US and Australia has been discovered in Durban, and this is a real cause for concern.
Social media has been flooded with videos showing the state of users of the “flakka” drug. Flakka, or the “zombie drug”, is a hallucinogenic drug that leaves the user in a state of panic or hysteria. As seen in the videos, the users are unable to speak and have no understanding of what’s happening around them.
They become aggressive and unresponsive, posing a threat to themselves and those around them.
With the existing drug problem South Africa faces, it is believed that flakka has already been making the rounds in Chatsworth, Pinetown and Wentworth.
Three South African men had to be taken to hospital after taking the drug at a party. One of the men is believed to have bitten a chunk of flesh off a woman’s arm with another suffering heart failure, but his heartbeat returned later.
A source revealed that the men were tied to the hospital beds and the hallucinations continued. The drug apparently took five days to be flushed from their systems.
SAPS got a lead from the men, who were able to tell them where they got the flakka from. Police set up an operation and sent an undercover agent who made a purchase and arrested a 32-year-old Chikudipidia Steven Nwose.
Here’s what you need to know about flakka.
What is it made of?
Flakka contains nothing natural and is a synthetic stimulant made from cathinone, an amphetamine-like drug found in bath salts.
How powerful is it?
Flakka simulates the effects of cocaine and crystal meth. The drug is 10 times stronger than cocaine and takes several days to leave your system.
Why is it dangerous?
The drug is known to increase your body temperature to as high as 40 degrees Celsius. It can also elevate your blood pressure which can cause a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, or heart failure.
Just how ruthless is flakka?
According to doctor Indra Cidambi, the founder/medical director of Center for Network Therapy in the US, users will first experience euphoria, be highly sociable, more focused and have a high sex drive. The high wears off quickly and this will increase the intake of flakka. The more you use it the more you begin to experience the side effects. Users will experience extreme hallucinations, panic attacks, increased strength and hyperstimulation. In most cases you become extremely psychotic and violent.
Sam Pillay, a member of the anti-drug forum, says the drug causes users to attain demonic behaviour .
In 2016, a teenager in Florida stabbed a couple and ate the man’s flesh off his face. The 19-year-old male is believed to have taken flakka and it took four officers to detain him.
Police are urging parents to keep a close eye on their children and report any suspicious behaviour and activity.