Walking dead: the zombie-like existence of nyaope addicts
The highly addictive heroin cocktail is wreaking havoc in SA’s cities and rural areas, and the users are getting younger
After helping an elderly woman load her bags into a minibus taxi at a busy intersection in Soweto, a scrawny and strung-out young man is rewarded with a few coins for his efforts.
High on nyaope, a street drug whose main ingredient is heroin, he is determined to make R30 within the next two hours before withdrawal symptoms creep in.
“It has been 11 years straight up, just smoking non-stop,” he said as he drew on a regular cigarette with his trembling hands...