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What is Flakka?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2015 6:30:00 PM / by RU National posted in Other Addictions

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If you are here in South Florida all anyone is talking about is the new street drug that is sweeping the streets of South Florida called Falkka.  Flakka’s technical name is- Alpha Pyrrolidinopentiophene (A-PVP).   It’s similar to “bath salts,” another dangerous drug that’s grabbed headlines in recent years.  It’s off-white, coarse crystals sell for as little as $5 a hit.   

Flakka has been reported to be the cause or a significant contributory cause of death in suicides and polydrug overdoses. It can cause a condition called "excited delirium" that involves hyperstimulation, paranoia, and hallucinations.  The drug has also been linked to at least one death where it was combined with pentedrone and caused heart failure.

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The History of Addiction Treatment In the United States

[fa icon="calendar'] May 12, 2015 5:00:00 PM / by RU National posted in Other Addictions

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Sports Addiction

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 9, 2014 1:30:00 PM / by RU National posted in Other Addictions

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We may chuckle reading about addiction associated with sports, but for some it is a very sad reality that can consume their time, money and relationships. Most of us have a favorite team or hometown hero that we root for during their respective season. Professional sports logos and news are everywhere, inundating our news so much that there are several stations devoted to sports coverage. I am guessing you can think of a friend or family member that is the self-proclaimed biggest fan of a local football or baseball team. I am not saying by any means that liking sports or even having season tickets is considered addiction. Just with most things in life, most things are healthy in moderation (we never condone drug use). But let’s take it a step forward. How much does a sports team’s success or failure affect your life? Let’s examine the aspects of this very real addiction.

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