What is Nyaope?
So you’ve heard about Nyaope on TV or saw a headline or two or maybe you even know of locals in your own neighbourhood who are hooked on it. Either way it’s a growing problem across SA. Here what you should know:
What is nyaope?
Nyaope or whoonga or wunga is a street drug made up of all sorts of lethal stuff. Heroin, rat poison, cleaning detergents, dagga, methamphetamines ( used in medicines to treat serious obesity and mental or emotional disorders) and even ARVS – antiretroviral medicines used in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, are used in the manufacture of whoonga. Yes, there have been reports of people actually stealing life-saving ARVs from medical facilities to make this drug – ruining not only their lives but that of HIV sufferers in need of ARV treatment.
How is it taken?
This drug cocktail distributed as a white powder that is mixed with tobacco or weed and is smoked. With the drug being so widely available and relatively cheap it has become easy for local youth to get hooked on it.
What does it do?
It’s a R20 fix that offers an instant high and hallucinogenic effect. It is highly addictive and can lead to violent behaviour. Users will do anything to get their next fix, including stealing from their own families.
Why is it harmful?
Just one hit can lead to severe anxiousness, aggression, stomach cramps, slowing of the heart rate and lung function. An overdose can cause the heart and lungs to shut down. Withdrawal symptoms include bad cravings and crippling pain. A fresh hit of the drug is only temporary relief.
How to help someone who is addicted to nyaope?
Drug addiction is a serious problem. It can destroy the life of the addict and their families. Sometimes showing tough love to addicts is not enough to help them get out of the addiction.
If you know of someone close to you who is using nyaope, please contact Sanca (South African National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence) on 086 147 2622 for help. They can offer counselling and assistance with dealing with some who has a drug dependency.
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