Western Cape Records High Rate Of Heroine Abuse


The police has in the recent years recorded more drug cases than usual, worst of it all is the increased heroine abuse by residents of Western Cape as reported by the province police.

The province, which has for long been known as a transit destination for international trade in the highly addictive drug seems to be experiencing tremendous growth of the illicit market for heroin.

Captain Johan Smit of the Provincial Detective Task Force says though Tik is the drug most commonly associated with the Western Cape addicts, heroin has turned out to become a growing threat in the province.

Among all other drugs, heroin is one of the most addictive substance on earth which is no respecter of age. Trying it once can leave the user addicted.

It’s difficult to measure exactly how much heroin has come into the Western Cape and surrounding areas, but Smit said they have seen signs that the market is growing, including an increase in supply and a drop in street prices.

“The youngest person I’m aware of was 11 years old. How he started using it was peer pressure from his older brother that was out of school,” he said.

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For those who don’t know, 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. It usually appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance, known as “black tar heroin.”

This powerful drug, whether inhaled by snorting or sniffing, injected or smoked, is known to have dangerous effects on humans. All three routes of administration deliver the drug to the brain very rapidly, which contributes to its health risks

Healt Hazards Caused By Heroine Abuse

  •  Severely damage the brain and deter the ability to think
  • Causes bacterial infections of the blood vessels and heart valves.
  • Increase your risk of contacting Liver or kidney disease.
  • Lung problems, such as pneumonia and tuberculosis, from poor health.
  • If using shared injection equipment or fluids, you could contact Hepatitis B and C, HIV, and other diseases.

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