Nyaope or Whoonga

, and is usually laced with a cheap form of heroin. It is commonly smoked with dagga or sometimes tobacco. A ‘good’ mix is supposed to smell like vinegar.

Nyaope is smoked by heating it up and inhaling the fumes.The rush and “euphoria” users feel initially, or the drowsiness and feeling of being relaxed caused by heavier doses, are soon to be replaced by the harsh realities of heroin addiction. The heroin in Nyaope force addicts to use increasingly stronger mixtures of the drug to get “high,” until they are physically heroin dependent.

The drug is described as highly addictive. Users feel heavy cravings even on the first day of use. It is also dangerous, because it reduces both heart and lung function. In overdose, heart and lung function reduction becomes fatal. Withdrawal symptoms reportedly involve both craving and pain, which are temporarily relieved by fresh doses of the drug.

Addicts often become involved in crime and prostitution in order to get their next hit”, they often lead disorganised lives, they don’t think rationally and forget who they are in terms of their values and beliefs. They lie,cheat and steal just to get the drug.