NOTHING is new under the sun as the Holy Bible states.
Recently the news in the drug world was awash that a new drug had emerged going by the name “monkey dust’’ and was fast invading our communities, and so I got a call from a friend in the diaspora who said he overheard his children speaking on their experience of using the substance during their visit to Zimbabwe.
Just in case you also hear yours whispering about it in the corridors this is what they are talking about.
This drug is not new, and we have reason to believe its use is on the rise with the emerging pool parties done by our youth. Monkey dust is also common within our drugging communities here in Zimbabwe, it is just the name that has changed, so next time you hear your child or relative mentioning that they had some monkey dust, do not smile or laugh about it but get concerned.
Also known as ‘‘bath salts’’ or MDPV, it first appeared on the drug market in the mid-2000s.
‘‘Monkey dust’’ is a synthetic cathinone — a New Psychoactive Substance (NPS) that is chemically similar to a naturally occurring drug, cathinone, which is a mild stimulant. There are several synthetic cathinones which are all similar but different to natural cathinone and produce much stronger effects.
Those effects can be like MDMA or cocaine, such as feeling happy, energetic, talkative and having an intense connection to music. There are also similar side effects including muscle tension, reduced appetite, restless sleep and enlarged pupils.
There is the potential for more harmful side effects to occur, especially at higher doses, which may include paranoia, anxiety and stomach pains.
People are likely to be in danger and great harm if synthetic cathinones are mixed with other drugs such as alcohol. If people are unknowingly consuming “monkey dust” or other synthetic cathinones, the effects may be stronger than desired. When drugs are taken together it changes the way that each drug acts on the body, so accidentally or intentionally consuming synthetic cathinones alongside other drugs can produce unpredictable results.
Many a times this drug is used at the parties to keep them “alive” and connected to the rhythm of the parties oblivious of its dangers.
Our mother the Resident Minister for Bulawayo has taken a stand against drug and substance abuse in our community and has dedicated land to the first model of a drug and rehabilitation facility for our nation Zimbabwe. Be part of the better change and partner with us for a drug-free, healthy and productive society.
λ Mthandazo Ndlovu is a drug prevention and rehabilitation specialist. For more information and help call or WhatsApp 00263772399734 or email mthae4jesus[email protected]