The ‘Zombie’ drug hits African cities

The ‘Zombie’ drug hits African cities

What lengths can one go to feed their addictions? It seems drug abuse is not only in Zimbabwe but has become a problem in many African countries.

We have heard of people injecting themselves to get high but using exhumed bones as an ingredient to make ‘kush’ is the new trend in Sierra Leone. Bones contain sulphur which supplies ‘THE HIGH’.

Kush which is said to make one start feeling like a Zombie and gets you to a state where you don’t know yourself and costs about 20p for a joint. The drug which is illegal is easily found on the streets of the country’s capital Freetown. The drug is a cocktail of opioids like fentanyl and human bones which have sulphur making the drug more “stronger.”

Many youths are now addicted to the drug and have started stealing household items, phones, clothes to feed their drug addiction. Abu Bakhar, a casualty of the drug pandemic abandoned his dreams of becoming a writer and musician has been reduced to nothing but a zombie which only thinks of how to get its next score.

Drug lords go around offering youths the drug with the hopes of getting them hooked so that they buy from them, more money for the ‘lords’, the circle continues. Kush is so powerful that it can have one addicted after a single score. Another casualty, Alhaji, abandoned his dream of becoming a doctor after he was introduced to the drug.

Sierra Leone’s next generation of leaders has been reduced to druggies. A survey concluded that more than 1 million people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are now addicted to the bone drug, ‘kush’.

Chiedza Mukucha

Chiedza Mukucha is a digital media and marketing Intern at My Afrika Magazine with 2 years experience and a mandate to help with changing the narratives of Zimbabweans and Africans at large, in its history and current affairs. Presently, it seems the African story is told and altered by third parties, and it is our injuction as African storytellers to document real-time and factual stories to increase our digital print as a collective. Chiedza is also an avid African literature reader and researcher. X (twitter): @Chiedza_RM

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