By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

November 15, 2019


One of the street drugs I learned about in the EMT course I’m taking from Colorado State is “Flakka.”

Flakka is a relatively new synthetic drug that has become a problem in the US. It also goes by the name of “zombie drug” or “gravel.” It is a synthetic cathinone with the chemical name of alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP) and was originally made in drug labs in China and Pakistan; however, there are now illegal drug labs manufacturing it in the US as well.

It is very cheap and has earned the nickname of “$5 insanity.” The effects are unpredictable, however, users tend to have spasmic movements, become violent, paranoid and delusional.

It is ten times stronger than cocaine and amounts of greater than 0.1g can raise body temperatures to more than 41°C (106°F).

The US government has managed to reduce its availability, however, it’s already been reported to have spread to Brazil, Scotland, Canada, Australia, Malta, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.


Flakka (フラッカ)


フラッカは比較的に新しい合成ドラッグであり、アメリカはかなりの問題になっているようだ。『ゾンビ・ドラグ』や『グラベル(砂利)』とも呼ばれている。 alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP)の化学名をもつフラッカは合成カチノンであり、元々中国とパキスタンで製造されていたが、現在アメリカ国内にも違法製造所がある。

低価格なので「$5 insanity(5ドル精神病)」のニックネームがついている。薬物作用は予測しずらいが、使用者にはよく、けいれん運動、攻撃的な行動、偏執的行動及び妄想行為がみられる。




English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS



I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers