Drug traffickers thrive on their ability to penetrate national borders, but a new era of toxic, man-made highs could dissolve those boundaries and transform the global drug trade.
Around 9:30 in the morning, at least 17 people in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood became violently ill after smoking the drug, some even passing out in the street.
What, exactly, is so wrong with getting high in 2016?
The DEA has moved to outlaw 10 chemicals commonly found in the cheap designer drug, but manufacturers will likely respond by tweaking their recipes.
If we don't rapidly move toward marijuana legalization, a similar catastrophe could affect teens or young adults in the United States.
Police and public health authorities warn a new, highly addictive drug called Flakka can cause users to flip out for 30 days, while health researchers caution that those freaking out may be the police and health care authorities.
Call it spice, K2, spike, or Flamingo—by any name, it's the cheapest and most dangerous way to get high right now.
People are already willingly experimenting on themselves—the drug industry should harness that research and see if they're on to something.