Community on alert for new drug, ‘flakka’

2017-12-07 06:00

THE community is warned to be extra vigilant because of a new drug, flakka, that is circulating in some areas of KZN.

Founder and director of the Anti-Drug Forum, Sam Pillay said samples of the drug have been sent for tests.

“At this stage we are not certain about the contents of the drugs. Once we receive the results we will be in a position to explain in detail what the drug is made of.

“There were three guys that were confirmed to be the victims of flakka in Pinetown. We are certain the drug is on our shores. We are in trouble if we do not deal with it effectively.”

Pillay told the Weekly that the drug started in Australia and later moved to the U.S.

“ People who are targeted are those who go to clubs. It looks like rough salt crystals.”

Pillay said the symptoms of flakka include sudden violence, agitation and zombie-like behaviour. He said that some of the people who have approached his centre, confirmed to have turned into “zombies” after their drinks had been spiked [in the clubs or functions].

“The victims turn into zombies and become abusive and violent and were imagining things and hallucinating.”

Chairperson of the Belvedere Civic Association Reuben Govender said: “What we gather so far is that the drug can easily be disguised. It can be put into a drink, juice or sweet, unlike cocaine. Unsuspecting people can become the victim of flakka unknowingly.

“We are worried about this drug as it may affect my children. We urge the community to be vigilant about what they buy or receive from strangers.

“They better take something that is sealed. We have even asked the assistance of the Tongaat SAPS.

“Our sector manager Sergeant Zanele­ Mkhwanazi is distributing pamphlets to make residents aware about the drug.”

Tongaat and Verulam SAPS said there have been no reported incidents relating to flakka.

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