Nyaope, the South African Street Drug That Never Lets Go

"People use drugs to cope with their trauma. Getting high is the only thing that is comforting," says Angela McBride, the executive manager of the South African Network of People Who Use Drugs. New Frame reporters Nation Nyoka and Bonile Bamon talk to people who use nyaope (also known as whoonga or wunga), a highly addictive concoction including heroin, antiretrovirals and sometimes cannabis.


  • South Africa:   Nyaope, the Drug That Never Lets Go

    New Frame, 27 August 2019

    Trauma is often the gateway 'drug' that puts young South Africans on the path to nyaope addiction and, once addicted, they become unemployable, untrustworthy and turn to crime to… Read more »

A nyaope plastic bag after being used. Nyaope is a low-grade form of heroin which sold in a small piece of plastic called a “tie” because of how it is fastened.


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