When it comes to the newest designer drug to hit the scene, “flakka” is right at the top of the most destructive. While it hasn’t officially been banned yet by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), like other bath salts containing the commonly abused cathinone MDMA, flakka is wreaking major havoc across at least three states including Florida, Texas and Ohio. Flakka is a very dangerous new designer drug — like bath salts on steroids.
Synthetic drugs are just what they sound like: man made. They are chemical compounds that provide users with experiences similar to natural hallucinogens, marijuana and other known drugs. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been working to shut down synthetic drug manufacturers and traffickers and just this month made a major move toward putting a chokehold on the synthetic drug trade.