What is Guka Makafella? It goes by many names like mutoriro, dombo or simply crystal meth. It is just one form of the drug methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is a white crystalline drug that people take by snorting it (inhaling through the nose), smoking it or injecting it with a needle. Some even take it orally. All develop a strong desire to continue using it because the drug creates a false sense of happiness and well-being—a rush (strong feeling) of confidence, hyperactiveness and energy.
One also experiences decreased appetite. Virginia Tonhodzai in the case of Zimbabwe was caught with the drug and the justification she used was it as a slimming remedy. She was adviced by a friend that the Guka Makafella drug would help with dieting. The slimming is just one of the many negative effects on the body. These drug effects generally last from six to eight hours, but can last up to twenty-four hours.
Problem with first start
The first experience might involve some pleasure, but from the start, methamphetamine begins to destroy the user’s life. Individuals of all ages use Guka Makafella, but is most commonly used as a “club drug,” taken while partying in night clubs or at rave parties.
It is a dangerous and potent chemical and, as with all drugs, a poison that first acts as a stimulant but then begins to systematically destroy the body. Thus it is associated with serious health conditions, including memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior and potential heart and brain damage.Highly addictive, meth burns up the body’s resources, creating a devastating dependence that can only be relieved by taking more of the drug. Crystal meth’s effect is highly concentrated so many users report getting addicted from the first time they use it. Users become easily tolerant to the drug and will require higher doses for the same high so with higher doses there’s greater risk.
Popular zimdancehall artist Ras Caleb once took it to Facebook and posted a video of someone sleeping while standing with caption, “Guka makafella. Mtoriro Christal meth ma one guys something needs to be done”. Another zimdancehall artist Seh Calaz spoke about the drug. He warned the youth not to use the drug in a song he was endoursing the use of marijuana. Because the drug Holy Ten on his hit song spoke about digging a grave.
Deadly effects of Guka Makafella
The short-term and long-term impact of the individual
When taken, meth and crystal meth create a false sense of well-being and energy, and so a person will tend to push his body faster and further than it is meant to go. Thus, drug users can experience a severe “crash” or physical and mental breakdown after the effects of the drugs wear off.
Because continued use of the drug decreases natural feelings of hunger, users can experience extreme weight loss. Negative effects can also include disturbed sleep patterns, hyperactivity, nausea, delusions of power, increased aggressiveness and irritability.
Other serious effects can include insomnia, confusion, hallucinations, anxiety and paranoia so in some cases, use can cause convulsions that lead to death.
- Loss of appetite
- Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
- Dilation of pupils
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior
- Hallucinations, hyperexcitability, irritability
- Panic and psychosis
- Convulsions, seizures and death from high doses
In the long term, meth use can cause irreversible harm: increased heart rate and blood pressure; damaged blood vessels in the brain that can cause strokes and an irregular heartbeat that can, in turn, cause cardiovascular2 collapse or death; and liver, kidney and lung damage.
Users may suffer brain damage so this will be including memory loss and an increasing inability to grasp abstract thoughts. Those who recover are usually subject to memory gaps and extreme mood swings.
- Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain, high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
- Liver, kidney and lung damage
- Destruction of tissues in nose if sniffed
- Respiratory (breathing) problems if smoked
- Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
- Malnutrition, weight loss
- Severe tooth decay
- Disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion
- Strong psychological dependence
- Damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease,3 stroke and epilepsy
The government to fight this harmfull drug should enforce more strict laws. If caught in possession of the drug, for example, the fines are to be very harsh and unbarable depending on the amount one is caught with so if caught with intention to distribute one has to face a longer sentence in prison. Materials used to make the drug should be regulated.
This article is not much but hopefully a fight against this harmful drug.