"Zombies of Kinshasa": a new drug bomb turns people into unconscious creatures

"Zombies of Kinshasa": a new drug bomb turns people into unconscious creatures

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The authorities of Kinshasa, the capital of the Republic of Congo, are concerned about the growing popularity of the new homemade drug bomb. The substance turns young energetic people into zombies. The toxic mixture paralyzes the mind and body, putting a person into an unconscious state. The bomb is made, practically, from waste, so many people can afford the intoxicating mixture.

"Zombies of Kinshasa": a new drug bomb turns people into unconscious creatures

While most of the world is fighting the coronavirus, police officers in Kinshasa are trying to cope with the drug epidemic in their hometown. A new and dangerous drug is spreading rapidly among local residents and can kill millions of young people. He is called bombe, which means "strong" in the local Lingala language.

"Zombies of Kinshasa": a new drug bomb turns people into unconscious creatures

The lethal mixture consists of a brown powder, which is obtained by breaking the ceramic rods of catalytic converters. This part in the car is needed to reduce emissions of toxic gases in the exhaust pipes. Then the powder is mixed with different types of tablets.

An artisanal drug introduces a person into an inhibited state. The user of this poison can remain motionless for several hours, sometimes even days. Some people, after eating a bomb, begin to move like zombies, which is why they are called "Kinshasa zombies".

Drug addicts fall into unconsciousness, their gait changes. They can sleep on the move and scratch their hands. The facial expression also changes: people sometimes cry, then laugh for no reason. In those who use the bomb, appetite disappears and drowsiness occurs. Therefore, some addicts take pills with the bomb to improve their appetite, because they can't eat for two days after it.

The main ingredient is extracted, practically, from garbage - parts of old cars, so the bomb is very cheap. The cost of one dose is about $ 1 (about 70 rubles). So far, the consequences of long-term drug use are unknown. The mixture contains heavy metals and toxic substances that cause cancer. Doctors warn that the first serious symptoms may develop after a few months of regular use.

"Zombies of Kinshasa": a new drug bomb turns people into unconscious creatures

Young people from the Congo admit that they take a bomb to forget themselves and get rid of the poverty surrounding them. The Kinshasa authorities are trying to stop the spread of the new drug, but, unfortunately, it has already gone to the masses.

Meanwhile, a Peruvian medicine man has been in a Russian pre-trial detention center for three years for ordering "Dragon's Blood" in his homeland. The healer faces a life sentence for smuggling and attempted sale of narcotic drugs.

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