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DEPRESSANTS

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Mandrax
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What is Mandrax?

Mandrax is a small tablet varying in colour that is highly addictive. Mandrax slows down the central Nervous System and has a sedative effect. Originally Mandrax pills were firm and white in colour, with Mx written on the side of the tablet. Currently Mandrax can be freckled, crumbly and may be grey, yellow or white.

How is it used?

Mandrax is commonly smoked. The Mx tablet is crushed, mixed with dagga and smoked through a pipe or broken bottleneck known as a ‘white pipe’. Mandrax can also be swallowed whole or injected.

Symptoms of Mandrax use

  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain
  • Weight loss
  • Red puffy eyes
  • Clumsiness (decreased alertness)
  • Decrease in concentration
  • Restlessness
  • Increased sleep
  • Brown/Yellowish marks on hands
  • Slurred speech
  • Poor co-ordination

What are the effects of Mandrax?

  • Relaxation – feeling happy (or laughing), calm and carefree
  • Confusion
  • Aggression – when the high wears off
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Falling over and passing out
  • Sleep

What are the long-term effects?

  • Risk of addiction – tolerance is built up rapidly
  • Decreased immune system
  • Convulsions
  • Mental and physical deterioration
  • Breathing becomes slower leading to respiratory failure, comas or death.

What happens when you STOP using?

  • Headaches – a ‘hangover’ feeling
  • Insomnia – problems sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability and aggression
  • Change in appetite
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Annual Report 2009
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