Sitting by himself, a teenage boy pulls a handful of tablets out of his pocket. He looks around carefully, he is totally alone.
He reaches for a broken beer bottle and carefully crushes a tablet. Mixing the powder with marijuana in the bottle, he prepares to leave reality behind. He lights up his mixture and everything fades to intoxicated freedom.
While he loses himself to the effects of the mandrax, the teen’s dealer counts his cash. The teen’s life means nothing to him, the teen is just another client. He is here to make money, irrespective of who he hurts, justifying his actions with excuses like “I have to feed my family” or “this is the only life I know”.
Yet, there are those who are determined to remove drug dealers from our town’s streets. The South African Police Services are continuing their war on drugs….and are winning.
Recently, an intelligence drive operation was held in the oSizweni Policing area. The oSizweni Crime Prevention Unit working closely with the Newcastle Public Order Policing (POP) Unit. The two units following up on information regarding drugs being sold.
The first stop the two units made was at Section A, along the public road, in oSizweni. At the KwaMakhanya Complex, they recovered a staggering 91 mandrax tablets.
From there, the officers went to the road running past Theku Plaza, where they took one man into custody after finding him with dagga and five mandrax tablets.
With two suspects in custody, the police made one final stop at Ndonsa High School in Section A, oSizweni. At the school, they recovered nine small parcels containing dagga and arrested one suspect.
With three suspects now in custody, the operation was considered a success. The drugs recovered standing at an estimated street value of R15 000. All three of the suspects have appeared in the Madadeni Magistrate Court for possession of drugs.
With mandrax being the most commonly found drug on the suspects, how can you determine if a loved one is using this life-changing compound?
Symptoms of mandrax use include:
- Stomach pain
- Weight loss
- Red puffy eyes
- Clumsiness and poor co-ordination
- Decrease in concentration
- Increased sleep
- Brown/Yellowish marks on the hands
- Slurred speech
What are some of the effects of mandrax use?
- Relaxation – with users feeling happy (or laughing), and a sense of calmness and being carefree
- Aggression – when the high wears off
- Nausea and vomiting
- Falling over and passing out
Along with these effects comes the long-term effects of becoming addicted, seeing your immune system failing and suffering from mental and physical deterioration.
If you or a loved one are facing drug addiction, there is a glimmer of hope. SANCA can offer assistance and ensure you are able to break away from the clutches of drug abuse.
For help, contact SANCA on 034 312 3641 or visit the SANCA offices on 57 Paterson Street.