SULLIVAN, Mo.– There were multiple reports of bizarre activity in Sullivan, Mo. over the weekend from what police believe is the result of the use of the drug called ” Flakka”, reports KMOV.
Sullivan police said they received reports of people barking like dogs, running around in the nude, and breaking into homes and businesses, according to KMOV.
There was also a report of one person showering naked in a soda fountain.
Flakka’s similarity to ‘bath salts’ implies a high potential to cause violent behavior and other negative psychosocial consequences when taken, especially when used in high doses, according to drugabuse.com
Flakka, which gets its name from Spanish slang for a beautiful woman (“la flaca”), contains a chemical that is a close cousin to MDPV, a key ingredient in “bath salts.” These chemicals bind and thwart molecules on the surface of neurons that normally keep the levels of mood-regulating neurotransmitters, dopamine, and serotonin, in check. The result is to “flood the brain” with these chemicals, said Jim Hall, a drug abuse epidemiologist at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cocaine and methamphetamine have similar modes of action in the brain, but the chemicals in flakka have longer-lasting effects, Hall said.
CNN contributed to this report