List Of Illegal Drugs In South Africa
Illegal drugs are those that are not prescribed by a doctor or bought at a drugstore. They are sometimes also called “street drugs.” Some examples of illegal drugs include heroin (an opioid); cocaine (a stimulant); LSD, mescaline, PCP, methamphetamine, and psilocybin (hallucinogens).
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SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN SOUTH AFRICA
• Substance abuse data has been limited in SA.
• Information mostly come from ad hoc cross-sectional national surveys, that aimed to look at health issues in SA and generally substance abuse was squeezed in somewhere.
• More recently:
– national and provincial school surveys are conducted on a more regular basis.
– Increased research (intervention research) into substance abuse among vulnerable populations
(adolescents, pregnant women, MSM) and more select populations (workplaces).
OVERALL SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN SA
• Alcohol is the most common substance of abuse among adult population in SA.
• Although a relatively low proportion of South Africans report drinking alcohol (27,9%)³, those who do often drink at harmful or hazardous levels, particularly on weekend⁴.
• Cannabis use is mostly common among youth.
Overview of illicit drugs commonly used in South Africa
Methamphetamine (known as tik in South Africa.
Comparisons of illicit drug use epidemiology: South Africa, USA and Australia
|Type of drug||South Africa, 2005) (15 yrs +)1||USA, 2005 (12 yrs+)2||Australia, 2004 (14 yrs +)3|
|Current Use of:||Men||Women||Men||Women||Men||Women|
|Cannabis (past month=USA/AUS, Past 3 mos SA)||3.9||0.4||8.2||6.1||8.9||4.6|
|Mandrax, sedative, pain reliever, tranquilizers||0.5||0.1||3.0||2.6||1.9||2.2|
|Cocaine (crack)||0.4||0.2||1.3 (0.4)||0.7 (0.2)||0.4||0.3|
|Club drugs/ amphetamine type stimulants||0.3||0.1||0.6||0.6||1.6||1.0|
What is the cheapest drug in South Africa?
Cannabis, which is also the most widely used drug in South Africa, is the cheapest, typically costing around R3 a gram, the UN’s data showed, though hashish (made from the resin of the cannabis plant) is far more expensive (typically around R145 a gram).
This is how much money people spend on drugs in South Africa.