Drugs: Western Cape’s killer storm

Philip Sapud

“My 16yr old son in Grade 10, confessed to using ‘tik’, a drug scientifically known as crystal methamphetamine ,” says (Marilyn *) a Numsa member from the Western Cape Region.

Despite extensive awareness campaigns in the print media, “I never saw it coming,” Marilyn says. “It started with little things. He started coming in late at night, he was not as hygienic as usual, and his eating habits changed. When monies started going missing, I immediately grew suspicious.”

Statistics from the Cape Town Drug Counseling Centre (CTDCC) reveal that for the past three years there has been a staggering increase in tik use. Grant Jardine of CTDCC says 94% of tik users become addicts after using the drug for more than six months.

The police forensics laboratory says the drug is so potent because some of the ingredients include battery acid, fertilizer and drain cleaner.

This drug is the most devastating epidemic to hit the province, and it has no racial, age, class or gender boundaries.

“When I confronted my son, he admitted he was using tik. When I asked why, his answer was: ‘everyone’s doing it. I just wanted to experiment. I did and now I can’t stay away from the drug’.”

When Marilyn asked him to tell her what effects the drug had on him, he brought her a poem which he and a friend had written whilst under the influence of the drug.

“We’ve been to a social worker and are awaiting an appointment at a rehabilitation centre,” says Marilyn. What parents should look out for:

Physical signs

Changes in behavior

Items to look our for

Weight loss, circles under eyes, and frequent use of eye drops

Increased need and use of money

Mouthwash, breath sprays or eye drops

Unexplained skin rashes, frequent colds and persistent coughs

New friends, lying or secretive phone calls

Burns or stains on hands or clothing

Changes in sleeping and eating patterns

Drop in performance at school

Who to go to for help:Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre (021) 4478026De Novo Rehabilitation Centre (021) 9881138

Isivunguvungu esibulalayo eNtshonalanga Kapa

Isidakamuzwa esisha esijwayele ukubizwa ngokuthi i-tik sindlondlobala kakhulu njengesidakamuzwa esithandwayo phakathi kwentsha yaseNtshonalanga Kapa.

UMarilyn (akusilo igama lakhe langempela) ilungu leNumsa, usandokusazi ngokwakhe lesi sidakamuzwa lapho ethola ukuthi indodana yakhe eneminyaka eyi-16, efunda iBanga le-10 isingenwe yilesi sidakamuzwa egazini.

“Angikaze ngicabange ukuthi kungenzeka lokhu,” kusho uMarilyn. “Kuqale ngezinto ezincane. Waqala wabuya ebusuku, wayengasahlanzekile njengokwejwayelekile, nendlela adla ngayo yashintsha. Lapho sekuqala ukuthi kulahleke izimali, ngaqala ngasola.”

Isidakamuzwa senziwa kalula futhi kulula ukusithola, kodwa uma sesibabambile labo abasisebenzisayo, kuba nzima ukuthi baphunyule ezinzisheni zaso.

Funda inkondlo ebhalwe umuntu esesimngene egazini lesi sidakamuzwa– uzomangala! Uma kukhona umuntu omaziyo osengenwe yilesi sidakamuzwa egazini, bheka izinombolo zezikhungo zokwelulekelwa izidakamuzwa eNtshonalanga Kapa.

Die Wes-Kaap se dodelike storm

“˜n Nuwe dwelmmiddel, algemeen bekend as tik, word vinnig die voorkeurdwelm onder Kaapstad se jongmense.

Marilyn (nie haar regte naam nie), “˜n lid van Numsa, het onlangs eerstehands met die dwelm kennis gemaak toe sy ontdek dat haar 16-jarige seun, “˜n leerder in Graad 10, daaraan verslaaf is.

“Ek het dit nooit sien kom nie,” síª Marilyn. “Dit het met klein dingetjies begin. Hy’t begin laat snags inkom, hy was nie so skoon soos gewoonlik nie, en sy eetgewoontes het verander. Toe geld begin wegraak, het ek onmiddelik agterdogtig geraak.”

Die dwelm word maklik gemaak en is net so maklik beskikbaar, maar as hy gebruikers eers beet het, vind hulle dit moeilik om uit sy kloue weg te kom.

Lees die gedig wat deur “˜n veslaafde geskryf is – dit sal jou skok! En let op die nommers vir dwelmberadingsentrums in Kaapstad as jy van iemand weet wat verslaafd is.

Sethethefatsi se bolayang batjha ka bongata se fumanehang Western Cape

Sethethefatsi se setjha se tsejwang ka tik , se ntse se ata ho ba se seng sa dithethefatsi tse ratwang ke batjha ba Cape Town .

Marilyn (eo e seng lebitso la hae la nnete) e le setho sa Numsa, haufinyane tjena o sa tswa ba le boiphihlelo ba dithethefatsi ha a ne a fumana ka moo mora wa hae ya dilemo tse 16, mme e le moithuti wa Kereiti ya 10 a inehelletseng ka teng sethethefatsing sena.

“Ke ne ka sa hopole hore ho na ho ka etsahala,” ho rialo Marilyn. “Hona ho qadile ka dintho tse nyenyane. Mora o qadile ka ho fihla bosiu lapeng, mme o ne a sa hlweka jwalo ka mehleng, athe le mokgwa oo a neng a se a ja ka teng o ne o se o fetohile. Eitse ha ho qala ho lahleha ditjhelete ka lapeng, ke ile ka qala ho belaela.”

Sethethefatsi sena se etswa ha bonolo athe hape se fumaneha ha bonolo. Hang ho ba ba se sebedisang ba se tlwaele, ba fumana ho le boima ho tswa ho sona.

Bala thothokiso e ngotsweng ke e mong ya leng lekgoba la sona – e tla ho tshosa! Mme ha o tseba motho e mong ya leng sekgoba sa yona, sheba dinomoro tsa ditsi tse fanang ka dikeletso ka dithethefatsi mona Cape Town.