Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Meanwhile, in Florida

A street drug called "flakka" has been causing users to lose their minds around Fort Lauderdale. Flakka -- the latest derivative to come out of the designer-drug phenomena that includes Ecstasy, MDMA, Molly and bath salts -- comes in a crystalline rock form and can be smoked, snorted, swallowed in capsules or injected. The drug causes delirium, delusions and hallucinations, incites violent fits, nightmarish visions, belligerence and aggression and saddles its users with seemingly superhuman strength. It's the same erratic behavior that caused another Florida man to eat another man's face. Last Saturday, 34-year-old Matthew Kenney, 34, was hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation after telling a Fort Lauderdale cop he had smoked flakka and was running from people who stole his clothes and were trying to kill him. He told police that he was running down the middle of the street "because if I got hit by a car they would stop chasing me." Since January, flakka has been responsible for these other incidents: 33-year-old Leroy Strothers who was found naked and with gun on a rooftop in Lake Worth yelling that someone was trying to kill him and was going to "start shooting everybody like Rambo," 50-year-old James West tried to kick in a glass door at the Fort Lauderdale police station because he thought he was being chased by a mob; 37-year-old Shanard Neely impaled himself when he attempted to scale a security fence at the Fort Lauderdale station because he was trying to escape murderers, and 26-year-old Derren Morrison who left a trail of blood after attacking an 82-year-old Riviera Beach woman in her home.

source: WSVN
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