• 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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Thursday, 29 June 2017 14:10

Argument 2: They say.. dagga is categorically not a gateway drug... but

We have heard this statement twice now on national television with no evidence to support it. CYPSA's first-hand experience shows clearly that dagga is in fact a gateway drug that leads smokers into the use of other dangerous drugs (we hesitate to use the word 'hard' drugs as this indicates that dagga is somehow less dangerous or 'softer' than these other substances).

We have been running a survey for a couple of years now, asking each individual that comes to us for help a few simple questions regarding their experiences with dagga. Of the over 8000 individuals we have interviewed to date, 96% state that the first drug they ever used was dagga! Of these individuals over 60% then progressed to the use of other substances, and the lives of most of these individuals are no longer manageable (they would not be seeking help from us if this were not the case). 

We then conducted a more in depth survey with a smaller group, asking questions that relate to the arguments most commonly used by pro-legalisation lobby groups. In this survey, 100% of those respondents who started with dagga and then moved on to use other 'harder' drugs, stated that dagga was the gateway that lead them into the use of other substances. "If I had never smoked dagga, I would never have started using other drugs" was the phrase we heard time and again. This is not popular opinion or our opinion. This is the first hand testimony of ex-dagga smokers themselves, and what better evidence is there? We find that young dagga smokers are now progressing quickly to the use of heroin, sometimes without their consent or knowledge, due to the mixing of "whoonga" or "nayope" with dagga. A minority group within our society, who have smoked dagga with little or no negative effect to themselves (which is of course only their opinion and is yet to be verified by anyone within the medical profession), seek to have dagga legalized for their own convenience and pleasure and are willing to condemn unknown numbers to disaster by throwing the "dagga gate" wide open as a result of legalization.

In a recent interview, a pro-legalization lobbyist shared with the public the fact that dagga use amongst the youth in the Western Cape has now overtaken their consumption of alcohol. It seemed that he believed this trend to be a positive thing. Our youth will be the first to be destroyed and along with them the future of our nation. Our first duty is to protect our young people from becoming the next generation of dagga addicts. So let's chain and lock this gate that opens onto to a path of destruction once and for all!

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