The Drug Of Horror
Bona|March 2018

Most of us have seen the frightening videos of zombie-like youth allegedly high on a new drug called flakkaSibusiso Mkize finds out if it really exists.

Sibusiso Mkize

Also known as the “zombie drug”, flakka allegedly first appeared in Durban in October 2017. And, it has been causing havoc since.

WHAT IS IT?

Flakka is made from alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone – a chemical stimulant of the cathinone class – and resembles small crystals. It can also be found in a powdery form that can be snorted, inhaled or mixed with liquid and ingested. Allegedly originally from China, the drug made its way to Europe, the US and Australia, before coming to South Africa. “It is devastating to know that this drug is in our country, and is spreading,” says Sam Pillay, founder and director of Anti-Drug Forum SA.

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