Extreme concern about new ‘zombie drug’ - flakka

2017-11-21 06:00
PHOTO: SourcedFlakka use is spreading in South Africa

PHOTO: SourcedFlakka use is spreading in South Africa

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DRUG use is escalating in the Upper­ Highway area and residents are now even more concerned that the new drug, “flakka”, which has made its way into the South African market is having devastating consequences.

According to SA Community Crime Watch founder Steven King, flakka, commonly known as the “zombie drug” makes people do “crazy things”.

He said it causes the body temperature to rise, makes the user hallucinate and makes one very agitated.

“This is a very dangerous drug and has caused many deaths in many parts of the world.

“South Africa is not winning the war on drugs and flakka is going to be the evil of all evils if it’s not taken care off.

“We need stricter sentences for drug dealers and a concerted effort will have to be made to educate our people about the dangers of this and other drugs.

“Parents need to be aware of who their children are hanging around with and make sure they don’t experiment with narcotics.

“Schools also need to get involved in programmes to educate pupils on these dangers.

“Symptoms of flakka include agitation, paranoia and delusions of superhuman strength,” King added.

Sam Pillay, the Anti-Drug Forum founder and director, said this drug is extremely dangerous and has a devastating impact on the user.

He said that once the drug takes effect users appears to be “ possessed”.

“This drug has a similar look to cocaine. I appeal to the community not to experiment with it.”

Pillay told people to be on the lookout for flakka dealers and to contact police immediately should they see them.

“We need to work hand in hand to eliminate this drug from communities.

“I encourage active participation with community members and police so we can deal decisively with the drug scourge that is destroying our youth,” he added.

Captain Linzi Smith Hillcrest SAPS communications officer advised the community to contact the SAPS about drugs dealers in the area.

To report drug dealing SAPS can be contacted on 031 765 9124.

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