• Krokodil

    Desomorphine, better known by its street name Krokodil, is around 8-10 times more potent than morphine with a powerful, fast-acting sedative high akin to that of heroin.
    This extremely addictive, injectable opioid is named, in part, because users report black or green scaly skin as a side effect – the flesh then starts to "harden, rot, and fall off," often in chunks. Addicts will usually die within two years of first use.
  • Tik (Crystal Meth)

    "Tik" is the South African street name for crystal methamphetamine.
    It has a very bad reputation in South Africa because it is more potent than other forms of meth and because it is so easily available. It started off as the drug of choice in poor communities because of its affordability, but has since spread to other levels of society.
  • Heroin (Whoonga/Nyaope)

    Heroin is an opioid drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance, known as “black tar heroin.”
    South Africa is currently experiencing an epedemic of heroin abuse in the form of cheap heroin nicknamed "whoonga", "nayaope" or "sugars".
  • Buttons (Mandrax)

    South Africa is the largest abuser of Mandrax in the world.
    Statistics show that Mandrax with Dagga is still the drug of preference in the largest parts of South Africa. Mandrax is mainly sold in the form of a tablet and is highly addictive.
  • Ecstasy

    Ecstasy is a synthetic, psychoactive drug that has similarities to both the stimulant amphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. It produces feelings of increased energy, euphoria, emotional warmth and empathy toward others, and distortions in sensory and time perception.
    Mixed with alcohol, Ecstasy is extremely dangerous and can, in fact, be deadly. So widespread has been the harm of this “designer drug,” that emergency room incidents skyrocketed by more than 1,200% after Ecstasy became the “club drug” of choice at all-night “rave” parties and dance clubs.
  • LSD

    Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) (popular street name "Acid") - is the strongest and most popular hallucinogenic substance known.
    LSD users call an LSD experience a “trip,” typically lasting twelve hours or so. When things go wrong, which often happens, it is called a “bad trip,” another name for a living hell.
  • Prescription Medication

    Abuse of prescription drugs can be even riskier than the abuse of illegally manufactured drugs. The high potency of some of the synthetic (man-made) drugs available as prescription drugs creates a high overdose risk.
    The consequences of prescription drug abuse have been steadily worsening, reflected in increased treatment admissions, emergency room visits, and overdose deaths.
  • Alcohol

    Alcohol affects every organ in the drinker's body and can damage a developing fetus.
    Intoxication can impair brain function and motor skills; heavy use can increase risk of certain cancers, stroke, and liver disease.
  • Dagga

    By no means a "safe" or "soft" drug as is so often claimed.
    In some ways, the effect on a user's mental health for example, dagga can be more dangerous than heroin.
  • Tobacco

    Tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable illness and death. It causes many different cancers as well as chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis, heart disease, pregnancy-related problems, and many other serious health problems.
    Each day, more than 3,200 people under 18 smoke their first cigarette, and approximately 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers.
  • Cocaine

    Extracted from coca leaves, cocaine was originally developed as a painkiller. It is most often sniffed, with the powder absorbed into the bloodstream through the nasal tissues. It can also be ingested or rubbed into the gums.
    Cocaine is one of the most dangerous drugs known to man. Once a person begins taking the drug, it has proven almost impossible to become free of its grip physically and mentally.
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 13:33

Argument 3: They say… dagga has never killed anyone, anywhere, ever, but…

Another argument you will hear regularly from pro-legalization lobbyists is that dagga has never killed anyone, as opposed to other socially acceptablerip substances (which are legal), 'hard' drugs and even minibus taxis which kill thousands every year. What proponents of this argument seem to overlook is that the fact that while dagga may never have killed anyone directly (as far as they know), this still does not mean that it is harmless or safe for consumption. A substance that does not kill instantly can still be extremely dangerous over short and long-term periods in a multitude of other ways.

"Dagga has never killed anyone, anywhere, ever!" Perhaps it is true that nobody ever died whilst smoking a joint, but what of it?
While dagga may never have killed anyone in the form of an overdose for example (although we have recently read of some very close calls involving children), there are many other ways in which it has proved fatal. Fatal car accidents where the driver was under the influence of dagga and which have resulted in the loss of life are already common on our roads. Increases in the rate of fatal motor accidents have almost doubled in the state of Colorado, USA, after the legalization of dagga in that state. In many cases, not only is the doped driver killed, but innocent people have become victims of the driver's 'right to put whatever they want to into their body'. Violent offenders in South Africa are regularly found to have been under the influence of dagga when they committed their offences, including murder. "A Chippewa Falls man whose daughter nearly died after eating a marijuana-laced chocolate bar faces three criminal charges", is a headline that appeared in the media recently. This despite supposed controls that have been put in place to control dagga since its legalization in parts of the United States.

The young girl ate a chocolate bar that was labelled "...225 mg of THC, 22.5 doses. Extremely potent. Do not eat all at once." This man's right do to whatever he wanted and to not be "nannied" nearly cost the life of his own daughter, when he left the chocolate bar labelled as "medicinal THC" lying in a bedroom drawer.

Dagga's severe effect on the mental health of users makes it drastically more dangerous than heroin in this regard. There have been cases where individuals who are smoking for the first time have entered into an irreversible psychotic state. To remain alive in a permanent state of psychosis is worse than death itself! Not to mention the pain and suffering caused to the family and relatives of such individuals who find themselves among the 'living dead' and are unable to live a normal, productive and fulfilling life because of the dagga they smoked. HIV and AIDS never killed anyone, until people began to document cases that is. It is irresponsible to mislead the public by focusing on the "zero deaths" argument and simply ignoring all the indirect deaths that have been caused by this "soft" drug.

Dagga kills. This is a fact, and it is about time that this misleading argument is laid to rest too.

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