MJ Stowe | South African Network of People Who Use Drugs
Julie Mac Donnell | South African Drug Policy
Insight into how financial assistance from the IDPC is assisting SANPUD to support street-based people currently withdrawing from opioids.
By MJ Stowe
SANPUD National Advocacy & Regional Coordinator
This article is also available on Talking Drugs and in an edited format in The Cape Times.
Living on the street and not being able to move around is problematic, particularly if there is a need to purchase drugs on a daily basis. Unfortunately, those who are opioid – referred to as nyaope, unga and whoonga – dependent face the challenge of needing daily doses of the drug. Street-based people have to risk being stopped and detained by the police during their journey to acquire drugs, often resulting in dire consequences.
There have also been reports of sellers increasing the prices of their products as well as some people pooling their money, buying greater quantities and then reselling among their communities at an inflated cost.