Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Launch campaign to end use of dangerous new street drug “flakka.”
People in Florida are dying from a street drug called “flakka” that has been increasing in popularity in the region every year. This drug is dangerous both to the user and the people and animals the user may come into contact with when high. Demand that the state begin to seriously address this burgeoning epidemic.
Hospitals, police departments, and municipal governments in Florida are currently reeling from the increasing prevalence of a new synthetic street drug called flakka. The drug, chemically related to “bath salts,” produces emotional states of excited delirium in the people who take it, as well as hallucinations of being chased.
Alarmingly, flakka also raises the user’s body temperature to 106 degrees; causes excited activity including running through traffic, jumping on cars, and other ways of losing their “pursuer;” and increases the user’s strength so much so that it regularly takes three to five people to subdue them for medical treatment. These physiological effects easily lead to heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure, often leading to death.
In Broward County, one of the regions most affected by the flakka outbreak, there were 190 drug-related incidents reported last year and 275 cases already this year, with 16 deaths in the last six months alone. This is a public health emergency that needs to be combated. Sign the petition below to demand that Governor Rick Scott launch a campaign to fight this increasingly-serious flakka epidemic.
Dear Governor Scott,
I am writing you today about a burgeoning drug epidemic developing in your state. The drug, called “flakka,” is dangerous to users and to others, and its use is only increasing throughout your state. It needs to fought.
Flakka is a chemical drug similar to bath salts, a drug that itself gained national notoriety several years ago due to a case of bath salt-induced cannibalism in your state. Flakka has similar effects on users to bath salts, including mental impacts like psychosis, excitement, and hallucinations, and physiological effects like raised body temperature, energy, and increased strength.
Unfortunately, these mental effects can motivate behavior on the part of the user that is dangerous to themselves and others, and the physiological effects can lead to stroke, heart attack, and kidney failure. There have already been 16 flakka-related fatalities in the past six months in one of your state’s counties alone, and with use of the drug increasing, deaths only stand to rise.
This drug is dangerous and its increasing use must be countered with sound public health outreach programs. I demand that you launch a campaign to fight to this burgeoning flakka epidemic at once for the health and safety of your state’s residents.
[Your Name Here]
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