After the death of my youngest son (21) during October last year, who presumably died of a heroin overdose, I have not been paying much attention to the subject of illegal drugs and the rehabilitation of addicts. Although I’m still the webmaster for Adopt-A-Drug-Addict, I’ve completely distanced myself from all activities related to this topic.
Incidentally, the inquest into the death of my son will take 3 to 4 years to finalize. We thus have no official confirmation that heroin was definitely the cause, or not. This should give readers a general idea of the backlog Forensic Services have in this democrazy country!
A new concoction in South Africa called “Whoonga” was recently described by national police Commissioner General Bheki Cele as a “big national concern”. However, according to SAPS’s Colonel Jay Naicker, this new concoction is not new at all, - it is merely an old drug recipe with a new brand name. The concoction is guaranteed to be a killer! A typical whoonga concoction includes brown heroin, rat poison and ammonia, but some distributors also add Crystal Methamphetamine (tik), or marijuana (dagga) to the mixture.
The latest trend among drug addicts is to add HIV medication to the mixture. They get their hands on this medication by simply robbing HIV-positive patients at the clinics. Sky's Africa correspondent Emma Hurd reports...
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