Zimbabwean ghetto youths are now extracting liquid from used and disposed sanitary pads and baby diapers to supplement the shortage of drugs in the market, iHarare is reliably informed.
Sanitary pads and diapers alike contain Sodium Polyacrylate which is used as an absorbent.
This is a sodium salt of polyacrylic acid with the chemical formula [−CH₂−CH−]ₙ, and dissolves once boiled.
The chemical content in these is then drank, mixed with broncleer or injected into the system together with other injectable drugs found in the street.
As horrible as it sounds, ghetto youths insist this is the best drug in the market so far.
Ever since Zimbabwe closed borders with South Africa, there has been a shortage of drugs coming into the country. One widely used liquid drug is broncleer – a medical syrup containing alcohol and codeine.
One ghetto youth who spoke to iHarare on condition of anonymity said he was pushed by the shortage of drugs in the ghetto.
Used sanitary pads and used diapers, on the other hand, are readily available in the streets, he said.
Failure for the city fathers to provide service delivery and collect refuse from the city’s high residential areas has come as a blessing for them.