Bluetooth – A very dangerous drug craze which you can help stop

“Bluetooth” is the latest drug trend in South Africa, where people share drugs through injecting one person’s blood into another person. People do this with nyaope, which is a deadly and addictive drug. Nyaope is usually smoked, but injecting the drug gives a quicker and stronger “high” than smoking it. It’s called “bluetooth” because people think it’s a way of sharing something you have with someone else, just like we share pictures or videos from our phones.

Nyaope is very dangerous by itself, but “bluetooth” is even more dangerous for a few reasons:

  • Sharing needles is dangerous because you can get HIV, as well as hepatitis B and C.
  • Sharing blood is unsafe if the two people sharing don’t have the same blood type. This can make a person very sick, and you should go to a hospital immediately if you get blood from someone else without a doctor.          

If you know anyone who is using “Bluetooth”, first tell them to stop immediately and tell them the dangers. Also tell them to go to their nearest clinic as soon as they can to get tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C.Nyaope addiction is serious, but help is out there.To read more about the risks of using drugs, see our article “Substance abuse and HIV”. For help with addiction, call South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (SANCA) on 086 14 72622.


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B-Wise User Benedict Da Grayt 18 March 2019 13:09

This is very important for groundBREAKERS to note at the clinic about the issue! Almost 70% of males between 19-28 are using Bluetooth as others call it ShareIt so this affects our community because most are unemployed and they steal etc!

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 April 2019 17:04

Hi thank you for your feedback