Addicts choosing tik, LSD and heroin
MANDRAX is making a comeback in Mitchells Plain, while heroin is growing in popularity and there is a new fascination with LSD.
Michael Jacobs, chairman of the Mitchells Plain Community Policing Forum, said tik was a major seller in the area.
In the past three years, Mitchells Plain police have confiscated 13 900 mandrax tablets, 680 units of cocaine, more than 700g of heroin, 60 units of LSD and more than 1 400 ecstasy tablets, along with their usual haul of tik and dagga.
“We were surprised to find LSD. Maybe they’re selling it; maybe the kids are taking it when they go to raves. We’re not sure yet,” said Jacobs.
Police also confiscated khat worth R17 000. Khat leaves are chewed.
Shafiek Davids, director of the Sultan Bahu Centre, which does drug counselling, said one of the biggest problems now was addiction to unga – a cheap, heroin-based drug.
Up to 60 percent of the people they counselled were heroin addicts.
“We’re way past tik now,” said Davids. “We need to wake up to the fact that heroin is a much more dangerous drug and it’s the new thing.”
Mount Hope Church pastor Alfonso Schilder said he too was getting more unga-addicted patients. This concerned him because it was difficult for patients to detox, and because unga often harboured dangerous contaminants such as poisons and detergents.
Davids said the need for for addicts to physically detox was a problem because facilities, such as those at Stikland Hospital, were overcrowded.
In some cases, addicts lost their will to quit drugs, while others transferred their addiction to Subutex – the drug used to help them overcome their addiction.