(KMOV.com) - Authorities said they are concerned that the drug flakka may get a foothold in the St. Louis region.
Experts say the street drug causes “excited delirium” in which the user hallucinates and exhibits bizarre irrational behavior. Some describe it as more powerful than heroin or cocaine.
“If you hear about a drug gaining a foothold in another part of the country it will invariably be here in St. Louis in the next year,” said Mike Morrison with Bridgeway Behavioral Health.
Flakka use has been documented in Florida, but it is not showing up in Illinois and Missouri. One man told News 4 he unwittingly took flakka while in Chicago and did not remember what he did for two days.
“I was completely out of my mind. I could have killed somebody, I could have killed myself,” said Mike Haney.
Videos of people supposedly on flakka have circulated around the internet. The drug is also known as Gravel and is imported from China at cheap prices. It often comes in a capsule or powder.
“It can be ingested in anyway, it can be swallowed, snorted, smoked, vaporized, or shot up,” Morrison said.
Morrison also said flakka does not show up on a drug test because its makers constantly change its make-up.