Parents, Know the Facts! – Nyaope


NYAOPE (ALSO CALLED WHOONGA) IS A WIDESPREAD STREET SUBSTANCE IN SOUTH AFRICA, PARTICULARLY IN THE UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES AND INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS DISPERSED AROUND THE NATION.


One of the primary reasons for the rapid spread and usage is that it is so inexpensive to obtain. It is a highly physiologically addictive substance can be injected, smoked, or snorted.


Nyaope is a cocktail of illegal substances: Heroin and cannabis are the primary narcotic substances. In addition to anti-retroviral medications, milk powder, rat poison, bicarbonate of soda, and pool cleaner, it is not often obvious what else nyaope consists of, and the contents vary from location to location.


PARAPHERNALIA:

Needles or syringes, silver spoons, aluminium foil, missing shoelaces (tying off injection sites), pipes.


WITHDRAWAL

Symptoms vary in intensity depending on the individual’s tolerance, overall health, and metabolism, as well as the frequency and duration of substance misuse. These symptoms can include:


Nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, excessive yawning or sneezing, stomach cramps, muscle and bone cramps, sweats, chills, spasms, diarrhoea, itching.


LONG TERM EFFECTS

Scarred, collapsed, and infected veins; damaged heart valves; abscesses and other tissue infections; liver failure; kidney disease; lung problems bacterial/fungal endocarditis, overdose and death. Sharing of needles result in hepatitis, AIDS, and other transmitted diseases. Mental defects and psychoses are common.

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