New drug known as 'flakka' hits Durban

A new dangerous drug appears to be making its way to South Africa after sweeping through the United States and Europe. The drug is known as 'flakka' or the zombie drug.

Founder and director of Anti-Drug Forum SA, Sam Pillay spoke to The Midday report's Ray White about this new substance.

Pillay says he's known about flakka and its devastating impact on people in the US and Australia since 2014. To know that it has hit our shores is quite scary, adds Pillay.

Once the drug takes effect, the user appears possessed.

Sam Pillay, Founder and Director of Anti-Drug Forum SA

Pillay goes on to say that the other known effects of flakka is an increase in body temperature, hallucinations and agitation.

People do crazy things while high on the drug, like wanting to climb walls, jump from buildings and smash themselves through windscreens.

Sam Pillay, Founder and Director of Anti-Drug Forum SA

Pillay tells White that origins of the drug are traced back to China circa 2014 and shortly made its way to the United States of America. He says it is suspected the drug has been in Durban for the past few weeks and is unaware how it made its way to South Africa.

It looks like cocaine. They can snort, inhale and mix it with a drink.

Sam Pillay, Founder and Director of Anti-Drug Forum SA

It will stay in the system for about 30 days but feel the effects for about 5 days.

Sam Pillay, Founder and Director of Anti-Drug Forum SA

Reports say Flakka is made from a compound called alpha-PVP, a chemical cousin of cathinone, the amphetamine-like drug.

Listen to Sam Pillay share more on this drug on the clip below:


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