Pardon the swearing.
Like most websites, I occasionally get some interesting or sexually suggestive search strings landing up on some of my websites. Such online, very human nature (for we are beauties and flaws), I normally take with a pinch of salt BUT, today, a search string appalled me because I fear it’s the Garden Route we’re becoming: “Girls wants to be fuck for tik in Oudtshoorn.”
That someone thought that as a possible successful search for sex is damn maddening.
I have a liberal attitude towards some drug users because I’m more interested in what is real and evil rather than society’s inexplicable and emotional issue of it. I don’t care much for what people do at home so long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. Humankind has always had its vices…and always will. I don’t seek to change what I cannot change.
BUT when it comes to tik (meth), there are no grey areas – Tik destroys! Tik has wounded Knysna. Tik is not a drug anyone can control. TIK IS EVIL! I considered it the worst drug in the world which was amplified by the Western Cape being the worst inflicted area in the world. Our backyard – the w.o.r.s.t. in the w.o.r.l.d. BUT-
– krocodil is the newbie. They’re calling it the zombie drug because it eats your flesh away and kills you in 1-3 years. It’s not here yet BUT South Africa has a self-destructive mentality that scares me (and it’s not helped by 70% of the population under 34 being unemployed).
In Knysna, the prices of heroin dropped (as did the mix) so as to compete with cheap tik. Krocodil is relevant because it gained hold in Russia (millions of addicts) because drug dealers pretended it was heroin (cheaper to make and shorter highs make it more profitable). It’s name derives from the scaly skin you get but the new nickname of “the zombie drug” is more apt as it causes gangrene and eats through your flesh, turning it black and green. “Krokodil is a sickening cocktail of over the counter painkillers, paint thinner, acid and phosphorus. In some cases, petrol is also added. The resulting mixture is called desomorphine – a derivative of morphine – and is extremely addictive.” Krokodil takes 30-60 minutes to prepare at home with over-the-counter ingredients. It’s 8-10 times stronger than morphine.
Yes, I’m trying to scare the hell out of you!
Krocodil has devastated parts of Eastern Europe. It has an estimated 100,000 users in Russia and 20,000 in Ukraine. In September, it entered the USA (which is where we got Tik from) BUT –
– it’s not in Knysna yet. Will we have a chance against it if we haven’t fought Tik yet? If our Knysna Municipality and political parties haven’t made tik and heroin priority problems? When will elections involve issues that really matter??? When will the DA and ANC act as leaders?