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Drug abuse in Zimbabwe

Young drug addicts in Zimbabwe

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In recent years, the use of drugs has been on the increase among youths in Africa. Marijuana, glue, nyaope (South African street drug), cocaine and bronchodilator (a lung medicine that contains codeine and alcohol) are amongst the substances being used by young people. But are users aware of the effects these drugs have on their health and behaviour? And how does the drug culture affect society?

In this week’s edition of Speak UP!, two young men from Harare, Zimbabwe share their stories. Denver, who is unemployed, tells about his marijuana addiction. And TK, a former cocaine addict, who only managed to kick his habit after he fell sick and his wife left him, explains how he is doing his best to help his friends in cleaning up their act.

Speak UP! is an audio show in which young Africans discuss thorny social issues without pulling any punches. It is created by a selection of young hosts and producers in Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Rwanda, Nigeria and Kenya, working in partnership with local media organizations and RNW. Each edition of Speak UP! provides YOU with a chance to express yourself – because everybody wants to be heard.

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Comments

Desarai

Cocaine sniffing is a problem in Zimbabwe. More awareness of drug side effects and addiction need to be raised. People of all walks of life are using cocaine an it's seriously dangerous overdose and abusive behaviours

Tino

People who use cocoaine are stupid and weak. It fries your brain and makes you paranoid!!! Why take it life is here not in la la land when u snort some drug powder!

Vicky

Gross walking around they spaced out zombies man like the glued up kiddos on streets... Sweating an eyes popping out freaky as hell... Don't take it man it's shit for what to look an act like shit...

Paida

I take it but can't stop wish I cud and I kno it's ruining my life can't think of anythn but cocaine I wake up an I want it nothn else mattrz I can't be nice to any1 end up shoutin at em pls help me any1I no to give up

Farai

I also hooked can't get off only thing makes me feel good don't wanna eat or sleep just want Coke need it can sit if don't get it I nearly died other week from too much grams but then took again it's crazy hit need it more an more can stop I started seeing God in the rooms I don't know it it real or not I'm just messed up I can't sit still keep jumping up I need something else not coke

Farai

I also hooked can't get off only thing makes me feel good don't wanna eat or sleep just want Coke need it can sit if don't get it I nearly died other week from too much grams but then took again it's crazy hit need it more an more can stop I started seeing God in the rooms I don't know it it real or not I'm just messed up I can't sit still keep jumping up I need something else not coke

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