In late January, 33-year-old Leroy Strothers took to the roof of his apartment building in Lake Worth and began screaming. He waved his handgun in the air, terrifying the people below, and then shot it toward the sky. Several people feared he was a sniper and called 911. Deputies from the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office ordered people in the apartment building and nearby motels to evacuate because Strothers threatened to kill anyone who came too close to him.
“Someone please call my sister,” he yelled out, then stripped down to just his underwear. “I feel delusional, and I’m hallucinating!” A SWAT team breached the building, and after hours of negotiating, Strothers, who at one point stuck the muzzle of the gun between his lips, finally surrendered to police custody.
Though law enforcement first heard of
A vial of
Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, CEO of Broward Health, attended community events declaring that
But at least one person on Earth thinks
As New Times reported in May, Jacob Sullum, a senior editor at Reason Magazine, penned an article featured in Playboy suggesting reports on
Sullum told New Times earlier this month he believes the claims by local law enforcement and medical experts that the drug dramatically enhances a person's strength has incited an "irrational panic" rather than "rational caution" of the drug. Sullum believes that because
"I think [the medical experts] are sincere, but their view of the drug is colored by the fact that the users they encounter in the course of their work are the ones with the worst reactions. The same is true of cops; drugs users who end up in police custody or in the hospital are not a representative sample." He also noted historical paranoia "that certain drugs are like magical potions that impart 'superhuman strength.'"
But Sullum is a lone voice.
“Anyone under the influence of a mind-altering substance can ‘act
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In late July, New Times reported that nearly 200 concerned West Palm Beach residents gathered to discuss and learn more about the new drug. So many people RSVP’d to the event that it had to be relocated to a larger venue so everyone could be accommodated.
Here is the announcement for BSO's September 24 forum:
Join Broward Sheriff Scott Israel and a host of high-level Broward County experts who will discuss everything you need to know about Flakka,the new, cheap and dangerous Methamphetamine-like narcotic that has become popular on the streets of Broward County over the last several months. In addition to Flakka, other synthetic drugs such as Spice/K2 (synthetic marijuana); Budder/Wax/Dabs; Ecstasy and Molly will be examined and discussed. The 90 minute presentation will be a mix of lecture and power-point presentations given by Broward County legal, health, science, law enforcement, substance abuse and treatment and recovery experts. After the presentation, the County experts will take questions from the audience. The presentation takes place on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the FAU Davie campus (located at 3200 College Avenue in Davie) in the Student Union Building, Room 105. Admission and parking are free. The public — including families — are urged to attend this free event.