• 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, 03 August 2017 07:50

The Youth of SA Say NO To Dagga

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Whilst many claims along the lines of ‘medical cannabis’ and ‘industrial applications’ are being thrown around by pro-cannabis lobbyists, and more specifically the ‘dagga couple’ themselves, we should not lose sight of the fact that the ‘dagga couple’ were originally arrested for the possession of large amounts of cannabis which they have openly stated they use recreationally.

In fact, recreational use of dagga is actually what this case is all about, and there is a lot at stake!

As the couple were originally arrested with enough dagga in their possession to be charged with drug dealing, should they lose this case, it is likely they will go to prison, and are doing all they can to escape prosecution, even if it means standing on the heads of the rest of society in order to save themselves from drowning.

Whilst this court case has been dubbed the “trial of the plant”, it has more to do with trying to escape the consequences of the law by having dagga legalized, which would result in criminal charges against the couple being dropped.

As a youth based organization, we believe that the ‘dagga couple’ is not acting in the best interests of South African society and that they have a disregard for the safety and wellbeing of our country's young people who would be the most harmed if dagga were to be legalized.

It is those who come from poorer areas where dagga use is rife, who live in communities which are severely affected by this drug, that will suffer the most.

A drug epidemic is destroying our young people at the very time that this case is taking takes place. These young people state almost unanimously that there problems with drugs began when they started smoking dagga.

But those who have been harmed by dagga know the truth and are not willing to remain silent on the issue.

Protests by groups of young people have been held outside the High Court in Pretoria since monday and are continuing today.

The youth will not remain silent whilst others try to trade their future for the right to use drugs freely and without fear of prosecution.

 

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The Youth of SA say NO to the legalization of dagga CYPSA 2017
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