Karen Corcoran-Walsh

Karen Corcoran-Walsh will offer her knowledge in documentary on flakka

Karen Corcoran-Walsh, owner of Inspirations for Youth and Families teen rehab and the Cove Center for Recovery adult drug treatment center was interviewed recently by A Plus Pictures, for a documentary on flakka, to be aired on either Netflix, HBO, MTV, or Lionsgate Films. One of the most pressing questions involved the recent acquittal of a Miami man who played a supporting drug role in the first-ever flakka trial.

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Here are the excerpts from the interview

A Plus Pictures: What type of drugs does Inspirations for Youth and Families treat today?

Karen Corcoran-Walsh: Most of the street drugs that are in our communities today. The range of drugs would be anything from Special K, flakka, other synthetic drugs, amphetamines, bath salts and other drugs like Rave drugs, ecstasy and so on.

What are the characteristics of a teen using flakka?

KCW: The characteristics would be more of a risk taker, because flakka is a drug that is not commonly used with teenagers and the signs of flakka use would be a teenager that would go beyond the scope of the easily available drugs or the more commonly used drugs.

What is flakka?

KCW: It’s Alpha PVP, which is an amphetamine-like meth and characteristics like that. It’s comprised of cathinones which gives the illusion of a very happy state.

What are the signs of someone using flakka?

KCW: Well the signs of someone under the influence of flakka is someone who would present very erratic, sweating profusely, possibly appearing as if they had a fever. They are going to be extremely happy, extremely abnormal in their presentation. They would possibly say things that wouldn’t make sense. They would rattle on in their sentences and possible be hyper-verbal and they may be imaging people chasing them. There is a lot of paranoia that goes with someone under the influence with flakka. They can be dangerous at times because their behavior is unpredictable and if they are in fear of their life or what they would envision someone chasing them and threatening them and they can retailiate although it is just their imagination. So this can happen very quickly facing someone under the influence of flakka.