MTV Casting Young Flakka Users for 'True Life' Reality Show

By Victoria Kim 08/05/15

The cable music station is looking for subjects to appear in its True Life reality series.

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The MTV series, True Life, is seeking subjects for a future episode, "True Life: I’m Addicted to Flakka."

“Is your love for flakka making you feel out of control, but you just can’t find the way to stop? Are you trying to get clean and leave your flakka induced wild life behind?” read a casting call for the episode.

The synthetic drug made from the chemical alpha-PVP, a synthetic version of cathinone, is causing a panic similar to the zombie bath salt apocalypse of 2012. Just this year, authorities across the country have linked various incidents to flakka, which can give users a feeling of “superhuman strength” and can result in psychotic behavior, and bizarre and violent reactions.

In June, an 83-year-old grandmother died weeks after being severely beaten by a man who police say was high on flakka. Another man impaled himself on a fence at the Fort Lauderdale police station. He survived the incident.

Florida has become the epicenter of the flakka outbreak, where both of the aforementioned incidents occurred, with 25 deaths linked to the drug in Broward County in the past 10 months alone.

True Life, which provides a window into certain subsets of youth culture, is seeking to explore the lives of young flakka users between ages 18 and 26. Past episodes of the show, which first aired in 1998, include "True Life: I’m Hooked on Molly," "True Life: I’m Famous Online," and "True Life: I’m Drunkorexic."

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