Awful Oxi Drug Craze
So bad is this stuff that and just a fifth of the price. News reports from those on the ground say that most first-time users become immediately addicted, going 7 to 10 days without eating or sleeping, and beginning to degenerate.
Awful Oxi Drug Craze
The latest drug craze sweeping South America, Brazil in particular, seems terrifying. Oxi, or oxidadato, also called rust, is said to be double the strength crack cocaine, far more addictive and sells for 80% less. So bad is this stuff that and just a fifth of the price. News reports from those on the ground say that most first-time users become immediately addicted, going 7 to 10 days without eating or sleeping, and beginning to degenerate.
First known in the early 80s, Oxi was the result of a few hippies experimenting with native hallucinogenic plant Ayahuasca, but in recent years, use of it has spread through slums like wildfire, because it is so cheap to buy. Costing an average of 75p a rock, the Oxi is smoked in improvised pipes, made from anything that is to hand, from cans to pieces of piping.
The western Amazon Acre state is where it is most widely used, the towm of Rio Branco hosting nearly 10,000 addicts. Police spokemen, when talking about the horrors of this new drug, said that the difference between cocaine and oxi is like the difference between beer and pure alcohol, the first will intoxicate you but the second is pure poison.
Alvaro Mendes is a Rio Mendes outreach worker, who finds this rew drug truly terrifying, because people who hooked on oxi can be dead within a year, and the problem no longer just Amazonian. Recent seizures in Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro have made oxi the subject of national headlines, and other counties, especially the USA, are certainly under threat.
In spite of the alarm growing throughout the Americas, Brazilian authorities admit that the exact nature of oxi is a mystery, a new thing they yet have all the technical details of, so what oxi really is and what damage it can do to an addict is still not clear or proven, though Alvaro Mendez would certainly disagree.
He says that users often suffer paranoia, vomiting, uncontrollable bouts of diarrhea and losing teeth happens within months can happen within months. The effects are so devastating, that when someone begins using they stop eating properly, becoming almost skeletal, and all they want is the next fix, quickly becoming candidates either for death of an overdose or other consequences
Oxi is made by mixing crack cocaine with gasoline and limestone powder, and so cheap to buy that every social worker in South America is fearful of the consequences when it takes hold in other countries. By all accounts, what drug addicts will do to get money for their next hit is nothing to what an oxi addict will undertake, and you cannot help but ponder how awful it will be if this ever really takes hold in western society, Drugs may be bad news generally, but the new kid on the block looks like it might rapidly become the worst nightmare of them all.