Kush: How The Mysterious Zombie Drug is Ravaging Sierra Leone
By Siyabonga Mpini |
The bone drug, also known as kush, is a highly addictive and dangerous substance that is sweeping across Sierra Leone.
It is a synthetic drug that is made from various chemicals and ingredients, including ground-up human bones. The bones are believed to come from cemeteries, morgues, or even murder victims. The drug is smoked in pipes or rolled in cigarettes and produces a powerful high that lasts for a few minutes.
A Sierra Leonean psychiatrist said human bones contain sulphur which can make people high. He said this could be the reason why people are digging graves to harvest human bones.
What Are The Effects Of The Bone Drug Kush?
The effects of the bone drug are devastating and horrifying. Users become hooked after a single hit and then find themselves trapped in a cycle of self-destruction. The drug causes severe physical and mental deterioration, such as weight loss, skin lesions, tooth decay, paranoia, hallucinations, aggression, and zombie-like behaviour.
The drug also increases the risk of contracting diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis, as users often share needles or pipes. Many users end up homeless, destitute, or dead.
One Sierra Leonean addict gave birth to a baby with withdrawal symptoms. Because of the drugs in his system, he feels itches and twitches on his skin.
Why Is The Bone Drug Is Prevalent In Sierra Leone?
The bone drug is a symptom of the deep-rooted social and economic problems that plague Sierra Leone. The country is one of the poorest and most unstable in the world, with a history of civil war, corruption, poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy.