An area doctor has expressed concern regarding an increase in patients attending the emergency room apparently under the influence of Xanax that was purchased on the street. Through investigation, it has been determined the drug in question may actually be a substance called “flakka”, says Dr. Benjamin Fuller.
“This drug, being sold on the street as Xanax, can go by the names Hulk (green bar,) School buses (yellow bar,) ?Submarines (blue bar,) Ladders (white bars.) The tablets themselves appear very similar to a 4mg “bar” of Xanax. “Flakka” is a synthetic cathinone, that is not available for testing through our regular testing abilities,” reads a statement from Dr. Fuller
“Symptoms of ingestion of “Flakka” are often delayed, occurring up to 18-24 hours after ingestion, and include; tachycardia, extreme agitation, hallucinations, dystonia, hyperthermia, psychosis, hyperactivity, delirium, bizarre behavior, and extreme strength. Side effects include acute kidney injury, rhabdomyolysis, myocardial injury and death.”
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