Local pupil goes to doctor after taking flakka

2017-11-30 06:00

A LOCAL pupil was seen at a Port Edward doctor’s rooms after using the new street drug, flakka, also known as the “zombie drug”.

According to an eyewitness, the pupil­ (18), whose identity is known to the Fever, was seen acting “psychotic” and having hallucinations on Tuesday morning.

The pupil was in the middle of his final exams, however, whether he will continue writing is uncertain because he has to undergo treatment following the ordeal.

His older sister, who is monitoring his progress, was too distraught to speak to the media.

“At the moment I am trying to deal with the crisis I am faced with. My brother can elaborate further when he has recovered if he wishes to.”

According to reports, flakka was first manufactured in China in the 1960s. It has reportedly made appearances in the U.S., Australia, Brazil and Russia. This month the drug was reported to have made its way to the streets of Durban.

It comes in the form of a powdery or crystal-like substance.

Karen Griessel, a social worker at Rand Aid’s Wedge Gardens substance abuse treatment centre said flakka became popular because it simulates the effects of cocaine and methamphetamines without the high financial cost and it has been reported to be 10 times more powerful than cocaine.

“Initially, it gives the user a euphoric high, but continued use leads to delirium. Hallucinations, paranoia and even increased strength are experienced. Panic attacks, depression, violence, psychosis, suicide and death are associated with overdose,” said Griessel.

“It increases body temperature and blood pressure, which medically can cause kidney damage, a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and even heart failure,” said Griessel.

Margate SAPS spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka said although they had not received any cases of the drug yet, they were aware of its availability in KZN.

“Reports have surfaced of the drug being packaged in capsules now like they have done with whoonga, so we advise the public to be cautious. The drug is extremely dangerous, do not experiment with it,” said Mfeka.

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