Fifty Nyaope addicts to get help after campaign

A campaign against the so-called Bluetooth Nyaope, initiated by TUT FM ‘s AMRUSH breakfast show team, Reikhutsitse Malala, Baphelile Sambo and Sphamandla Nkambule, proved to be huge success. Hosted at Pick ‘n Pay in Soshanguve early in February, 50 addicts from Soshanguve volunteered to get help from rehabilitation centres following the caimpaign.

According to Station Manager, Kedibone Mahapa, TUT FM, broke the Bluetooth Nyaope story on air with a picture that went viral in record time.

“The disturbing usage of the notorious drug Nyaope, has reached frightening proportions, with users now opting to share the high of the substance through blood transfusion. Dubbed Bluetooth Nyaope, addicts have found a new way of cutting costs by withdrawing the blood of the user who smoked the substance, then injecting that blood into their bodies,” said Reikhutsitse. This alarming, and potentially deadly practice, takes place mainly in Soshanguve and Mabopane in Tshwane.

“A few meters away from Soshanguve Plaza and a minute’s walk from Rietgat Police Station, addicts everyday continue to enjoy injecting themselves with other users’ blood, unperturbed and uninterrupted by law enforcers or the community. Bluetooth Nyaope, the new craze, has already claimed the lives of many young men in the township through blood transfusion,” Kedibone said.

Kedibone shared her excitement about the publicity the campaign received from SABC, ANN7, Radio 2000, Daily Sun, YOTV, Motsweding FM, Thobela FM, Power FM, Capricorn FM, Pretoria News and Sowetan. Little Miss World, Reabetswe Mmekwa and the MMC for Health at the City of Tshwane, Michael Mukhari, also graced the event. “We trust this will assist in enhancing awareness about this grave, growing problem and risk to the youth in our communities.”

Some of the activities that took place during the Bluetooth Nyaope Campaign at Soshanguve.

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