According to MTV's "Casting Calls" page, the network is seeking users of flakka — the synthetic drug ravaging Broward County and seeping into other parts of the country — for a documentary-style TV show called True Life: I'm Addicted to Flakka.
Flakka is a synthetic cathinone drug called alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP). Users frequently overheat, strip naked, and act bizarrely.
"Have you tried flakka and now you can’t stop? Go Here," the casting page says. Flakka users, MTV says, can work with an Emmy Award-winning film team by showing off their "Flakka induced wild life":
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Have you tried flakka and now can’t stop? Is your addiction getting in the way of your every day life? Maybe your experience on the drug has lead to problems with your family, friends, work or even the law. Is your love for flakka making you feel out of control, but you just can’t find the way to stop? Or have you started to seek help to get over your addiction to flakka? Are you trying get clean and leave your flakka induced wild life behind? Perhaps you are considering getting help, but just haven’t taken the next step yet. If you are addicted to flakka or trying to recover, we want to talk to you.
If you appear to be between the ages of 18 and 26 and want to share your flakka related struggle, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for an upcoming episode of MTV’s True Life produced by Emmy-award winning Gigantic! Productions. Tell us about your addiction or recovery and be sure to include your name, location, phone number, and a recent picture of yourself.
MTV has been both lauded and criticized for its documentaries. Some say shows like Teen Mom provide unique glimpses into modern problems while others argue that they glamourize social ills. True Life has won a slew of Emmy Awards.
Meanwhile, the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition has organized the Flakka Community Response Forum for this Thursday, July 30, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The event will be held at Hanley Center at Origins, located at 900 54th St., West Palm Beach. The public is invited, and James N. Hall, a drug abuse epidemiologist and member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Community Epidemiology Work Group, will speak.