From Black Voices — The exact recipe differs, with some people preferring to add rat poison to their mix while others believe that powered soap gives a better kick.

Either way, it is clear that a new illegal drug called “whoonga” is catching on in South Africa’s townships, and its highly addictive nature will likely mean trouble for police and authorities going forward.

The drug mixture is blended with marijuana and smoked. Smoking a hit of whoonga costs about 20 rand or $3 U.S., but like crack cocaine, users need daily doses of the drug to stay high.

One of the most dangerous aspects of the drug is that one of its ingredients comes from anti-retroviral drugs, such as Stocrin, for HIV-positive people. There is no evidence that any ingredient in Stocrin enhances a marijuana high.

Reports of robbers stealing anti-retroviral drugs from poor people who can least afford to lose them are increasing. Patients now visit their clinics in groups to provide protection from the thieves.

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  • African Mami

    Jesus! Is there hope for my continent?! The richer get rich, the marginalized in society get whoongarized!

  • Domino

    Pero porque? Marijuana es perfecto como es. Lol hope I said that right?

  • Shureesh

    God help them this is so bad :( poor people with HIV cant even afford the drugs plus robbers are stealing their chance to live and using it for a “hit of whoonga”

  • Emelyne

    I hate to sound racist, but Europeans are the worst thing that ever happend to Africa. The continent hasn’t been the same since the continent was raped of wealth and knowledge and robbed of people and resources. In return, Africans got European illnesses, their warped concepts of family and society, their authoritarian religions, as well as their vices (like drug addiction and alcoholism). It certainly doesn’t help that many nations of the U.N. continually make it a point to highlight the violence, disease, poverty, and social unrest in any Africa country that they can. SMH. God, please help the motherland.

  • busi

    Guess you guys didn’t do your research huh?
    South Africa: no ARVs in ‘Whoonga’
    “JOHANNESBURG – Media in South Africa recently erupted into a frenzy of coverage of an allegedly new illegal drug, ‘whoonga‘, said to contain life-prolonging antiretrovirals (ARVs), but experts say the drug is actually an old foe, heroin, and does not include ARVs.”
    http://www.afronline.org/?p=12759

    #Do better , please when it comes to your research or links you site when it comes to Africa!
    signed
    PissedOff South African girl!