"The key finding was that it is estimated that less than 1% of high school graduates used flakka in the past year," said Joseph Palamar, professor of public health at NYU Langone and lead author of the study Tuesday in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
The study, which according to Palamar is the first national study on flakka consumption, analyzed data from Monitoring the Future, an annual survey investigating drug use among high school students conducted by the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.
The study found that 19.2% of students who reported using flakka the previous year had used more than 40 times. Those who knowingly used it were more likely to live off their parents and use other drugs.
"It is important that we can now draw attention to this dangerous drug," said Palamar. "We finally have prevalence estimates for a national sample that has not yet been done."