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The South African play that’s tackling the scourge of the street drug whoonga

The South African play that’s tackling the scourge of the street drug whoonga

THE drug whoonga has plagued South African communities for at least a decade, yet only gained significant public attention when it appeared more visibly in the inner-city and surrounding suburbs of Durban, the major city in the country’s KwaZulu-Natal province. DYLAN MCGARRY, Senior Researcher in Educational Sociology at the Environmental Learning Research Centre, Rhodes University Also known as nyaope, whoonga is a street concoction of B-grade heroin, rat-poison (strychnine) and various other chemical components. It’s most commonly sprinkled into a hand-rolled cigarette and is easily accessible and sold more cheaply than other street drugs. Withdrawal, known as “arosta”, is reported…
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