Marked increase in use of synthetic drugs

24 Jan, 2020 - 00:01 0 Views
Marked increase in use of synthetic drugs


Mthandazo Ndlovu

There is an increase in the use of various synthetic drugs especially among the young and middle-aged groups of our society due to ignorance of their effects. 

These substances are created by men in their clandestine laboratories, making them more dangerous.

The quantities or description of chemicals used there are not known and most of these substances are addictive at first use as they create a dependency on the substance. The swag of vaporising is on the increase as it is said to be the safe and undetectable way of abusing drugs. 

Cases, though kept under wraps, of people vaporising and collapsing are now on the increase. On investigating l discovered that the synthetic drug being used had labels inscribed bath salts.

Bath salts are referred to as stimulant synthetics and also exhibit hallucination effects like LSD and other drugs.

These bath salts contain a varied mix of chemicals and are usually sold in powder form. The street name being used here locally is CAT sold in small plastics as powder, it can be white, off white, yellow or brownish.

Some take it by vaporising others, inject it some snort it and others roll it up in cigarette papers and smoke.

Users usually experience violent and life threatening episodes after using it, that then keeps them hooked and dependent. Its effects on the mind include uncontrollable craving for the drug, insomnia, depression, hallucinations and delusions, suicidal thoughts and suicide, violent behaviour and psychosis among others.

Its effects on the body include high fever, loss of appetite, nose bleed and nose burns, skin rash, skin crawling sensation, excessive sweating, buzzing in the ears and pain at the back of the mouth among others.

Muscle cramping and tension, headaches, seizures, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, chest pains and heart attacks become the order of the day for the user.

Overtime it causes increased heart rate and blood pressure, kidney damage and failure, liver damage, breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, brain swelling and brain death and death are the long term effects of exposure.

Our communities are fast becoming exposed to these substances and our youths are affected, let us look around us and if we see anyone exhibiting the above effects help them to get help immediately.

For help and more information call or WhatsApp +263772399734 or email [email protected] and join the Rechabites in creating a drug free healthy productive society.

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