• 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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Saturday, 05 August 2017 05:42

What do the educators say? Quotes on proposed legalization from SA principals and teachers

RESPONSE 1 – Hammanskraal, Gauteng

“We've had children falling asleep in class because they were "too relaxed" after smoking dagga; we've had kids laughing and shouting and playing outside while they should have been in a class focusing on their education…”

“The people who are pushing this legislation possibly have something to gain but the children will not benefit by it.”


RESPONSE 2 – Laudium, Gauteng

“Dagga is prevalent in the community and our school is heavily exposed to dagga traders and smokers.”

“Legalizing dagga will almost give those addicts and drug traffickers an open opportunity to exploit innocent children who are at the mercy of the drug merchants in the community.”


RESPONSE 3 – Estcourt, Kwa-Zulu Natal

“…once this is legalized it will become a snack killing our children.”


RESPONSE 4 – Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

“Dagga distracts the learner from academics and shifts his or her focus to their next fix or sale.  It trumps all other issues demanding their attention and time.”


RESPONSE 5 – Tsakane, Gauteng

“The DBE is battling to equip teachers to excel in teaching and [now] adding on other problem of dagga. Please open room for broader consultation and participation for parents at school level and get the voice of the silent heard wide.”


RESPONSE 6 – Parkrand, Gauteng

“…learners who were under the influence either became aggressive or, slept – total disruption to Education.”

“I have dealt with learners under the influence. The once moderately quiet child is now aggressive, looks for trouble, causes trouble, gets into fights, attitude to teachers, refuses to follow instructions – the list is endless.”

“Security is totally compromised for teachers and learners, as learners under the influence are unpredictable. The turnaround of teachers would greatly increase.”

“You can only make a decision if, you have experienced it. Because of my own experience – legalization would be the downward spiral of a good education for all.”


RESPONSE 7 – Queenstown, Eastern Cape

“Use of dagga by learners puts even the lives of teachers and other learners at stake as these learners who are using drugs in most cases are not easy to handle they become aggressive and do whatever they like to do.”

“Legislators have to know that if they legalize the use of drugs they will be creating a very dangerous and chaotic society and that mistake will never be corrected.”

“…we are going to suffer the consequences of that even economically, as some investors will not be interested to work with a dangerous and chaotic country using dagga.”


RESPONSE 8 – Ciskei, Eastern Cape

“The use of dagga in our school is prevalent to such an extent that approximately 40% of our male learners use it. It affects teaching and learning negatively. Learners who have used dagga become high at school, violent and aggressive and are a danger to both learners and teachers.”

“Legalizing dagga is killing our nation and our future leaders. Sometimes South African policies are misleading the nation and one wonders why things in this generation are done in this manner. We are left with more questions than answers.”

“Dagga legalization is not in the interest of the child, instead it will kill the future of the children. Even those who want to legalize it will not like it when their own children use dagga…”


RESPONSE 9 – Fish Hoek, Western Cape

“There is a perception that dagga is less dangerous than cigarettes, as it is “natural” and, especially with those who use “bongs”, will not cause lung cancer, and is therefore just a natural herb. This results in quite a lot of peer pressure to experiment with this “not hard” drug.”

“They [learners] will feel justified in their use, defend its use as a legal substance and resist treatment for their addiction.”


RESPONSE 10 – Langeberg, Western Cape

 “…dagga is a “gateway” drug in our community, it leads to other stronger drugs like “tik” etc. It is a “currency” and is being used by gangs to finance organized crime.”

“…it is harmful and they use of it and trade in it will be problematic as the trade in it is organized by gangs and the quick money to be made offer only a one way into crime.”


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