May 4, 2015 By Wallin & Klarich

A hallucinatory drug has been rising in popularity since the ban of bath salts. Reports say the drug, called Flakka, can cause users to experience super-human strength, euphoria and “excited delirium.” How popular is this high-powered drug? The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports a 780 percent jump in the number of Flakka cases reported across the country over the last three years.

What are the Effects of Flakka?

Effects of FlakkaFlakka, also known as gravel because of its crystal appearance, can be smoked, snorted, injected and even swallowed. The main ingredient of the drug is alpha-PVP, a variant of the same drug used to make bath salts.

According to reports, Flakka gives users an inexpensive, lengthy high. It works by causing a flood of dopamine, the feel-good hormone, to the brain and preventing the transmitters from being able to block the hormone. The drug can also cause the user to experience psychosis, adrenaline-fueled strength and dangerously high temperatures of 105 degrees or more.

Is Flakka Illegal?

The rise in the use of Flakka has caused many to question whether the drug is actually illegal. In 2014, the DEA enacted a federal ban on Flakka and classified it as a Schedule I drug. However, that hasn’t stopped people from obtaining it.

Penalties for FlakkaThe main ingredient used in Flakka is made in China and can be purchased through the Internet. Because of its low price and addictive tendencies, dealers haven’t had much trouble moving the drug on the street where a kilogram is bought for $1,500 and broken down and sold for about $5 per one-tenth gram.

While California law does not specifically ban Flakka, it does speak to bath salts and derivatives thereof. Under California Health and Safety Code Section 11375.5 (a), selling or distributing any synthetic stimulant derivative of cathinone is a misdemeanor crime punishable by up to six months in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Flakka could be covered under this law.

Possession of synthetic stimulants is also illegal under California Health and Safety Code Section 11375.5(b). This law makes use or possession of the drug an infraction that is punishable by a fine of up to $250.

Call the Criminal Defense Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich Today

If you or a loved one has been charged with possession or distribution of Flakka or other illegal drugs, it is crucial that you contact a Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorney immediately. Our skilled attorneys have over 30 years of experience successfully defending our clients charged with drug crimes. We will speak with you and plan a defense strategy that will help you get the very best outcome possible in your case.

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