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What is the Drug Nyaope?

What is Nyaope?
Nyaope the drug also known as Whoonga, is a dangerous and highly addictive South African street drug. Street Name (Nyaope) is a fine  powder that is usually combined with marijuana (dagga) and smoked, it can also be snorted or injected. Nyaope’s main ingredient is Heroin. It is not always clear what all of the ingredients of Nyaope are, the ingredients may vary from place to place. According to the South African Police Services Forensics team in Pretoria, Nyaope is a Heroin based cocktail drug.
What does that mean?
It means that the main ingredient is heroin. To make heroin cheaper drug dealers add all kinds of drugs into the heroin to make the dealer more money. In Nyaope’s case it ranges from ephedrine, cleaning chemicals, detergents, arsenic and many other similar product including psychiatric medications such as anti-depressants, depressants and anti-psychotics. Each batch is different. Also there has only been a few cases where rat poison, television tube powder, and ARV’s have been found. This is not normally used but highly promoted by the media.
Is Nyaope dangerous?What is the drug Nyaope?
Nyaope is very dangerous and just one long binge can make you physically addicted. But let us tell you some of the negative effects.
Short-Term Effects
Addicts experience clouded mental functioning, severe nausea and vomiting. Awareness of pain can be suppressed. Pregnant woman can suffer spontaneous abortion. Cardiac (heart) is severely slowed down, sometimes to the point of death.
Long-Term Effects
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-born virus diseases. It can even cause mental and psychotic break downs.
The effects that we have just told you are from heroin only and many of the effects of chemicals used in Nyaope is still unknown. But what you do need to know is that it is highly addictive and it will destroy you, your life, your health, your dreams and your friends and family.
Why would anyone ever use Nyaope?
Unfortunately people are uneducated about the dangers of drug use and when they are confronted many times they fall prey to empty promises of hope. There are many reasons why people take drugs but there is one reason that is the same for all.
People use drugs because they want to change something about their lives. With poor economics and the moral decay of society and the daily stresses people are looking for fast ways to forget their problems. For a while the drug seems to help. But eventually the drug becomes the problem and one needs to take the drug just to feel normal, but that never works.
What is the solution to prevent the use of Nyaope?
There is really only one way and that is education. We need to educate young and old about the dangers of the harmful effects of substance abuse. If individuals really knew what drugs could do to them, their dreams and their families they would not take them in the first place. So the real answer in not to take drugs.
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