Tik Crystal Meth Drug Abuse South Africa
Tik drug abuse, tuk tuk, crystal, straws, globes are all street names for Crystal meth. Tik seems to be the latest version and is unfortunately now being used by school children. This drug will keep you awake and make you violent, in South Africa the police are coming down harder on dealers of tik than on dealers of the likes of heroin, crack cocaine cannabis etc.
The drug is being marketed as an easy way of losing weight which is making it a drug to try for young girls who would normally never get involved in drugs.
“The danger with crystal meth is that it is attractive to non-typical drug users,” says Prof Charles Parry, researcher at the Medical Research Council (MRC).
This is an additional worry as some users of Crystal meth, tik, tuk tuk, straws, globes etc have no idea how to handle drugs and the dangers they hold.
The greatest rise in registered users seeking help or treatment / rehab ( residential or non residential ) comes from those under the age of 20. Treatment centres / rehabs in South Africa are reportedly treating children as young as 13 for tik addiction. Hopefully the addiction services of South Africa will receive more and more people suffering with crystal meth addiction seeking help or rehabilitation before its to late.
The number of crystal meth tik addicts / abusers reported has increased from less than one per cent of those registered with the CTDCC back in 2002 to more recently a full third of those registered.
This increase in this type of drug abusers has left the CTDCC extremely concerned and facing the greatest challenge the CTDCC has ever had to face.
The health professionals of South Africa are also very concerned about the effects using crystal meth is having on drug addicts. The addict / drug user / crystal meth abuser can think he or she is seeing and hearing things that are not there plus with the increase in violence associated, it is now a far more dangerous drug in South Africa than most others available.
Crystal meth is now becoming a sought after drug with gang members which leaves the obvious concern of those involved already with violent crime and criminal activity taking a drug which will only heighten this violence and induce more extreme behaviours in the drug using world.
Methamphetamine is ideal to prepare gunmen for a hit, removing there inhibitions and fuelling the gunman’s aggression . We could easily expect an increase in violence in this already extremely violent area of the population in South Africa
Crystal meth has many street names including Hitler’s drug as it was allegedly used by the Nazis as a fighting drug to fuel aggression and keep soldiers awake for long periods of time during the war.