An Agence France Presse (AFP)
report filed from Kano, Nigeria, this week takes the search for a new high
to a new low. According to the usually reliable AFP, dopers in the
Nigerian north are using lizard excrement to get off. The lizard
dung is drunk in a cocktail with laundry detergent or in a tea, or smoked
with tobacco or cannabis.
"I no longer have to spend
much money on drugs since I discovered the efficacy of lizard excrement,"
28-year-old Kano resident Ado Kabir told AFP. "A lot of drug users
are moving on to lizard excrement. It's easy to find and efficient
in its effect," he said. "The effect is indeed exhilarating."
Kano preferred his lizard
dung in a drink mixed with water and a blue laundry detergent, he said.
"When mixed with 'blue' in water, it produces a strong effect similar to
the effect of drinking strong whisky to excess on a hot day.
People who are too keen on
their health boil the mixture and filter it before drinking. It has
a potassium taste and is really good," he added. Another lizard dung
fan interviewed by AFP, 20-year-old Bala Abu, an unemployed high school
graduate, said he preferring smoking lizard turds. "I finished high
school with no chance of going to college because my parents can't afford
to pay," he complained. "I can't find a job given my low academic
qualifications. Since I discovered the use of lizard dung I have
found peace because whenever I smoke it with tobacco all my worries are
Nigerian anti-drug bureaucrats
confirmed the practice and are not amused. "We have adopted a youth
sensitization campaign on the radio and television to curb the menace,"
Katsina health commissioner Yusuf Suleiman told a meeting to mark World
Anti-Drugs Week, AFP noted.
Kabir and his fellow dung-dopers
remain unworried, however. "I don't believe it is harmful, because
nobody has fallen sick from its consumption," he told AFP. "As far
as I'm concerned, it is safe and harmless." No word yet on DEA moves
to make iguana crap a controlled substance.
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