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ER doctors say they are seeing an increase in flakka patients

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A man gets released from the hospital just a short time before he's arrested for breaking into a woman's home.

Police say he'd been taken to the hospital because he was high on flakka, and still was when he broke into the woman's home.

Emergency rooms are dealing with treating people high on the drug. Hospitals are seeing more people reporting they smoked flakka.

They are usually treated for fast heart rate and released.

ER physician, Dr. Jaime Snarski says emergency rooms are seeing too much of the new drug flakka.

"I think definitely there has been an up rise in the last couple of months. I see it consistently now," said Dr. Snarski.

Treating those patients on flakka can be difficult.

She says, "Typically it takes a lot of man power to help control these people by restraining them."

The treatment is usually sedatives to calm the aggression, and IV fluids for dehydration. Patients are usually treated and released, unless a psychiatrist says otherwise.

WFLX interviewed a man who has felt the effect of flakka. He did not want to be identified.

"I went to the hospital before because I think somebody was chasing me," he said.

He says he became paranoid, aggravated and felt as though the world was against him.

Then his aggression kicked in.

"When you're on flakka, you see everything, you see things normal people don't see," he said.

Police believe Daniel Thomas was high on flakka when he was arrested Sunday morning.
Lauren Powell called 911 when he was banging on her door and broke into her home.

But for this man, he says the drug has caused him to lose what matters most.

"You lose time with your family, you don't realize what day it is. It might be Monday and before you know it, it's Friday."

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