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Pretoria drug user blames government for addiction

This comes after reports of a new trend called 'bluetooth' where users use syringes to share blood between them while intoxicated.

A Nyope user in Pretoria shows off his tracks, where he has used a needle and syringe to shoot the drug. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – A drug user in Pretoria has blamed the government for his addiction, saying he has to go through long processes to apply for help at public rehabilitation centres.

This comes after reports of a new trend, known among nyaope users as bluetooth, where drug users use syringes to share blood between them after they've intoxicated themselves.

This method is said to be more potent.

A drug user, who prefers to remain anonymous, says he first learnt about bluetooth sharing last year in prison but was not interested.

He says went through financial strain after his release, which led him to share blood with other drug addicts.

“If I’m short they give me that lose money and they’ll give me bluetooth.”

He adds he wants to quit drugs, but government is not helping in any way.

The Health Department's Joe Maile says there are several public institutions equipped to assist addicts.

“The best way for people in these situations to deal with it is seeking help.”

WATCH: Behind the bluetooth high

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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