An emergency room doctor calls it as "five-dollar insanity." A rehab director says it's the "devil's drug." On the street, it's known as flakka — a synthetic crystal imported from China that is wreaking havoc in South Florida and threatening to spread its misery and profits across the country. A single dose smoked, swallowed or snorted can give a user a potent but fleeting rush — or turn them into a paranoid zombie with superhuman strength and off-the-charts vital signs.
In the 14 months since the epidemic began in Broward County, 60 people have died. And some nights, half the calls to police are flakka-related emergencies.
Calls to attack the West were made prior to Ramadan by ISIS spokesman, Abu Mohammed al Adnani, and also included using a vehicle to run over innocent civilians.
In September 2014 Adnani was reported by the Independent as urging ISIS supporters: “If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way, however it may be…Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him.” ISIS inspired cadres have already used vehicles to attack—in France in Nantes and Dijon, and in Toronto, Canada.
A 37-year-old old mother of two named Stephanie told NBC News about her first experience with flakka, which she unwittingly smoked during a drug binge.
A quick blast of euphoria was followed by a sickening fear.
He was soon called out as faking his mental illness with a forensic psychiatric report citing too many inconsistencies in his tale which did not match what is known about the disorder and how it manifests.
…home-based childminders are priced out of the sector, it said.
Co-author of the report Len Shackleton, an editorial research fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: ‘Government interventions in the childcare sector have resulted in both British families and taxpayers bearing a heavy burden of expensive provision.
Alongside images of injured American soldiers returning from war, and graphic videos of Western victims being beheaded, ISIS warns that they can no longer wait for Western soldiers to attack them, they are now coming to attack us in our homelands, saying “the terror is now” and “the end is coming”.
“Fill your cars with gas…” the video instructs as it shows an ISIS soldier readying to run civilians down.
Since I’m always reading and writing about government policies, both in America and around the world, I’m frequently reminded of H. Mencken’s famous observation about the shortcomings of “tolerable” government.