Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have recently discovered that the new street drug flakka, or alpha-PVP, is just as potent and addictive as its cousin “bath salts,” or MDPV. Using the standard animal model of addiction potential, rats were trained to press a lever that infuses them with the drug. Comparing the results of alpha-PVP to MDPV, alpha-PVP ” showed an almost identical potency to induce lever presses. The drugs also showed approximately the same ability to induce two classic stimulant effects, boosting physical activity and disrupting body temperature.” The synthetic stimulant is potent and cheap to buy, a potentially major problem to public health and drug enforcement agencies across the country.

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