Anti-Drug Forum South Africa has raised concerns that a new drug called Flakka has made its way onto the country’s streets, especially in Durban.
Also known as the Zombie drug, it has been used in Australia and the US since 2014.
Hundreds of videos have surfaced on social media showing users of the drug in a state of panic, unable to talk or understand what is going on around them.
Anti-Drug Forum South Africa’s Director Sam Pillay says the drug is a strong hallucinogen and people on it tend to take sort of a zombie state.
“If you want to know what happens to somebody who is on Flakka and the effects of it, it is like getting possessed by some kind of demon – they become violent, jump up and down, want to hit people around them, they see things that are not there, they hallucinate,” says Pillay.