Drug dealers in Shururgwi district have found a “clever” way of selling the illegal products to youths.
Buns and popcorn are now mixed with the illicit drugs before they are sold to young people at prices as low as 50 cents or 75 cents.
A Condom Champion in the district, Ethel Ndlovu told New Zimbabwe during an event held recently that the popcorns were popular with the youths.
Ndlovu was speaking at Shurugwi General Hospital during a National Aids Council sponsored tour. She said:
Youths who buy these popcorns and buns are school going kids some as young as 11 and there is general moral decadence here in Shurugwi.
There are vendors who are selling popcorns and buns mixed with mbanje and they (products) are in demand here.
What is more painful is that the young ones are actually requesting that the products have more drug ingredients so that they become high for a long period.
The vendors get the goods from an unnamed woman who is their godmother and operating at a secluded place.
We have tried by all means to get the source of buns but the vendors and the youths are not forthcoming with that information.
Ndlovu said that the consumption of the drugs drives youth into reckless sexual behaviours resulting in the spread of HIV/AIDS.
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