Osizweni police continue the fight against drugs

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Local police officers are continuing their war against drugs within the community, following the recent arrest of a drug dealer.

Newcastle SAPS spokesperson, Captain Jabulani Ncube explains that an intelligence-operation was recently held by the Osizweni SAPS and Osizweni Crime Prevention Unit. Following up on information regarding drugs, the officers patrolled the Newcastle/Utrecht Road.

On the road, they arrested a man after he was found with four mandrax tablets. While further investigations are underway, local SAPS are determined to eradicate drugs in Newcastle.

With mandrax proving to be a popular drug, how does one know if a loved one is taking mandrax?

Common signs that an individual is using mandrax includes the following:
  • Yellow stained hands
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Gaunt appearance
  • Rotting teet
  • Drowsiness
  • Poor sleeping habits
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased salvia secretion
  • Swollen appetite

While these symptoms paint a bleak picture, there are also the short-term and long-term effects which need to be considered:

The short-time effects include:
  • Confusion
  • Aggression when the high wears off
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Falling over and passing out
Long-term effects include the following:
  • A poor immune system
  • Convulsions
  • Mental and physical deterioration
  • Breathing becomes slower, which leads to respiratory failure, comas and death.

If anyone knows of drug dealers in their suburbs, they are urged to contact the SAPS, who will then take the relevant steps.

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