Are you aware there are some sweets, queen cakes, blackforest cakes, buns, mandazi’s and cookies being sold in supermarkets, shops, confectioneries and other outlets -that are laced with bhangi? Yes, those yummy things that we love snacking on with our tea, and which we also indulge in our children in -could actually contain bhangi? Yikes!!!
Me, I first heard about bhangi-laden cookies about five years ago. I knew they were mainly distributed during house parties for adults. But now, I understand that these drug-laced cookies -and now blackforest cakes, lollipops and mandazi’s are in the hands of some of our children. Our children are both consumers and peddlers of the drugs.
How this is happening is that youngsters are selling this stuff to their peers. Basketball courts, pool tables and soccer pitches are today the prime spots for these activities, according to one teacher at a boys’ boarding school I recently spoke to. Her students shared with her that the open sale of drug-laced bitings are common in these places today, and they are sold them by their friends, not adult drug peddlers.
How it happens is that at the start, the friend offers the teenager a cookie for free for a couple of days, then when sure he’s hooked, he begins selling it to him. Yet these are the places where we think are safe for our children. I mean, if your teenage son tells you he’s going out to play basketball for a couple of hours, won’t you be delighted, relieved that he is atleast going to keep himself engaged in a constructive activity? Well, that may not be the case anymore, because drugs are being sold to our children in some of these ‘safe spaces’. That is where they are getting introduced -and hooked to drugs by their peers. *Sigh*.
Take heed of this alert by the Ministry of Health about this issue.