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Black youth bear brunt of drug cocktail
Young men and women are hooked to third-grade heroin mixed with rat poison, detergents and HIV/AIDS medicine.
Last updated: 17 Aug 2014 22:15
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Johannesburg, South Africa - A toxic blend of cheap third-grade heroin mixed with rat poison, cleaning detergents and anti-retro viral AIDS medicine results in the highly addictive substance called nyaope. It is a street drug that has been at the forefront of the destruction of much of the black youth in South Africa’s impoverished area’s for a few years now.

In South Africa’s largest city Johannesburg, large groups of homeless youth gather under a highway bridge at the edge of the city and abuse the drug.

At R25 ($2.50), the price for a small package of nyaope in the inner city is slightly cheaper than in the outlying townships where the drug sells for R30 ($3). The price difference attracts many young addicts to the city even if it means running away from home and living on the streets, such is the addictive qualities of the drug.

Hundreds of Johannesburg’s homeless and destitute can be found living under the highway bridge that runs through the city. Strangled by poverty and marginalised by society, they utilise the underside of the highway bridge as a shelter against the unforgiving elements.


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A nyaope addict mixes cheap marijuana with tobacco in preparation of smoking the drug



/Ihsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera
The powdery white substance of nyaope is poured into a rolling paper containing a mix of cheap marijuana and tobacco


/Ihsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera
A young nyaope addict is seen smoking on a joint containing the drug


/Ihsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera

The addict is seen intoxicated by the drug just after smoking the toxic substance



/Ihsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera
Young nyaope addicts rummage through disused construction material in the hope of finding some scrap metal which they can sell to purchase the drug


/Ihsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera
Under the highway bridge in Johannesburg, a young addict stands by the fire with others as he enjoys a few slices of bread which will most likely be the only thing that he eats for the rest of the evening


/Ihsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera
During the early evening more and more youth return to their informal shelters under the bridge. They sit around the fire and smoke nyaope till the late hours of the night


/Ihsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera

A young addict is collects disused construction material away from a dump site. He will salvage from the material some scrap metal which he can sell for small amounts of cash



/Ihsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera
A man is seen smoking the drug nyaope at the entrance to his tent home, which is built with plastic and cardboard


/Ihsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera
Elias Sibanda, a homeless man who lives under a bridge, says the drug is destroying these kids



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A nyaope addict mixes cheap marijuana with tobacco in preparation of smoking the drug

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The addict is seen intoxicated by the drug just after smoking the toxic substance

;*;Young nyaope addicts rummage through disused construction material in the hope of finding some scrap metal which they can sell to purchase the drug;*;Under the highway bridge in Johannesburg, a young addict stands by the fire with others as he enjoys a few slices of bread which will most likely be the only thing that he eats for the rest of the evening;*;During the early evening more and more youth return to their informal shelters under the bridge. They sit around the fire and smoke nyaope till the late hours of the night;*;

A young addict is collects disused construction material away from a dump site. He will salvage from the material some scrap metal which he can sell for small amounts of cash

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Mixing cheap marijuana with tobacco in preparation of smoking the drug nyaope

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/67dd943e1ec433e163ab6f77f487be2eIhsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera

Mixing cheap marijuana with tobacco in preparation of smoking the drug nyaope

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The powdery white substance of nyaope is poured into a rolling paper containing a mix of cheap marijuana and tobacco

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/767df7a11e69c52d05bc352923411bfeIhsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera

The powdery white substance of nyaope is poured into a rolling paper containing a mix of cheap marijuana and tobacco

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A rolling paper is prepared so that a joint containing the drug nyaope can be smoked

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A rolling paper is prepared so that a joint containing the drug nyaope can be smoked

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A young nyaope addict lights a joint containing the drug as a fellow addict high on the drug sits in his tent shelter under a highway bridge in the city of Johannesburg

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A young nyaope addict lights a joint containing the drug as a fellow addict high on the drug sits in his tent shelter under a highway bridge in the city of Johannesburg

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A young nyaope addict is seen smoking on a joint containing the drug

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A young nyaope addict is seen smoking on a joint containing the drug

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A young nyaope addict is seen high on the drug just after smoking the toxic substance

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A young nyaope addict is seen high on the drug just after smoking the toxic substance

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A nyaope addict is seen in a state of passiveness unable to move, high on the drug just after smoking the toxic substance

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A nyaope addict is seen in a state of passiveness unable to move, high on the drug just after smoking the toxic substance

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A nyaope addict is seen preparing the drug under the highway bridge in Johannesburg

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A nyaope addict is seen preparing the drug under the highway bridge in Johannesburg

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/3585f60d6bcc6eec8f8a181135326c5e

Young nyaope addicts rummage through disused construction material in the hope of finding some scrap metal which they can sell to purchase the drug

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/3585f60d6bcc6eec8f8a181135326c5eIhsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera

Young nyaope addicts rummage through disused construction material in the hope of finding some scrap metal which they can sell to purchase the drug

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/998a4bb0b4d0f09176b3db272caf68dd

Under the highway bridge in Johannesburg, a young addict stands by the fire with others as he enjoys a few slices of bread which will most likely be the only thing that he eats for the rest of the evening

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/998a4bb0b4d0f09176b3db272caf68ddIhsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera

Under the highway bridge in Johannesburg, a young addict stands by the fire with others as he enjoys a few slices of bread which will most likely be the only thing that he eats for the rest of the evening

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/f800f9dd96b9eb440baff65cbb7b7e2f

During the early evening more and more youth return to their informal shelters under the bridge. They sit around the fire and smoke nyaope till the late hours of the night

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/f800f9dd96b9eb440baff65cbb7b7e2fIhsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera

During the early evening more and more youth return to their informal shelters under the bridge. They sit around the fire and smoke nyaope till the late hours of the night

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/aa8e6ed562b0a8fe31c69433f4fce662

A young nyaope addict is seen collecting pieces of disused construction material away from a dump site. He will salvage from the material some scrap metal which he can sell for small amounts of cash

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/aa8e6ed562b0a8fe31c69433f4fce662Ihsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera

A young nyaope addict is seen collecting pieces of disused construction material away from a dump site. He will salvage from the material some scrap metal which he can sell for small amounts of cash

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/2f39b34913e7e8635bb9188e63812d6b

A man is seen smoking the drug nyaope at the entrance to his tent home, which is built with plastic and cardboard

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A man is seen smoking the drug nyaope at the entrance to his tent home, which is built with plastic and cardboard

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/e8c141a6804b00528a3603e3001c01d2

Elias Sibanda, a homeless man who lives under a bridge, says the drug is destroying these kids

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/e8c141a6804b00528a3603e3001c01d2Ihsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera

Elias Sibanda, a homeless man who lives under a bridge, says the drug is destroying these kids

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/85c95b4d2343b11d4e64dc71fe01ab69

After smoking a joint filled with nyaope an addict is calm and lost thought

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Nyope_Drug_in_South_Africa_/slideshow/no-caption/85c95b4d2343b11d4e64dc71fe01ab69Ihsaan Haffejee/Al Jazeera

After smoking a joint filled with nyaope an addict is calm and lost thought



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