What is the Drug Nyaope?

South Africa’s Scourge of Nyaope


Nyaope is an illegal dangerous and highly addictive South African street drug also known as Whoonga.


According to the South African Police Services Forensics drug abuse team in Pretoria, Nyaope is low-grade heroin mixed with other drugs or substances. Often used intravenously or more available and popularly sold and smoked as a concoction of marijuana and heroin.

What is Nyaope made up of ?

Nyaope bags and mix of cremoraThe main addictive component in Nayope is heroin. Nayope dealers will often introduce the drug as a super-powerful Marijuana blend. To make Nayope cheaper dealers add all kinds of substances into the mix to bulk up the size, profiting more from the drug sale. Mixes range from traditional drugs, sulphates or cleaning chemicals, to any powder-based substance that can be scavenged.
This makes Nayope even more dangerous a problem as there is no way of telling what the other elements are put into the Nyaope mix that is sold on the street, the ingredients vary from place to place and dealer to dealer.

Antiretrovirals in Nayope  – Fake News

It has been falsely and unhelpfully highlighted as “breaking news” by the media that antiretroviral medication has been found in Woonga.  An investigation by Carte Blanche debunked this claim in 2011 by testing of many samples, these drugs though dangerous have little or no euphoric effect at all,  more common are samples where combinations have included household products, chlorine and rat poison.

Is Nyaope addiction dangerous?

Yes Very – for a number of reasons

  1. Heroin is physically addictive and Nayope use can result in dependence on the drug.
  2. Marijuana can be mentally addictive and cause psychosis in some people.
  3. Other unknown substances/poisons in the mix can cause illness, organ failure or other serious or terminal conditions.

Nyaope is very dangerous and can make you physically addicted.

 Negative Effects for Nyaope Users.

Short-Term Effects
Nyaope or Whoonga use causes clouded mental functioning, severe nausea, vomiting and unsafe decision making.

Long-Term Effects

Nyaope intravenouslyNyaope addiction cases scarred and/or collapsed veins, bacterial infections of the blood vessels, heart valves, abscesses and other soft-tissue infections, liver and kidney disease. Lung complications may result. Sharing of needles or fluids may result in hepatitis, AIDS and other blood-borne virus diseases. It can even cause mental and psychotic breakdowns related to being HIV positive.

Nyaope addiction Withdrawal

Reports indicate that because of the low-grade heroin in Nyaope an addict needs several hits a day to stave off withdrawal symptoms. The effects of whoonga characteristically wear off in 4 – 8 hours depending on the individual.

Withdrawal from Nayope is especially traumatic and includes insomnia, diarrhoea extreme stomach cramps, and vomiting. Heroin addiction causes withdrawal-related mood swings, aggression, feelings of anxiety and physical pain. Other ingested or intravenously taken chemicals can cause other complications and trauma.
Unfortunately, with Nayope, the quickest possible relief available is another hit, and then another one, and another one after that.


Why would anyone ever use Nyaope?

People use drugs because they want to change something in their lives or are looking for ways to forget their problems. The recent decriminalisation of marijuana has caused it to be perceived as more acceptable in recreational use. For a while drugs will seem to help, but eventually addictive nature of drug use becomes bigger than the user’s problems and the addicted user will need to take the drug often to avoid withdrawals and attempt to feel normal.
Most users introduced to Nayope have no idea of the potential addictiveness of the concoction.

What is the solution to prevent Nyaope addiction? 

There is really only one way and that is education. South Africans need to understand the dangers of the harmful effects of substance abuse and dependence-producing substances.

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