Jub Jub: celebs' drug cocktails

By admin
26 March 2010

Ever since his Mini Cooper S spun out of control on a Soweto road that terrible day at the beginning of March his name has been on everyone’s lips. But Jub Jub’s crash did more than leave four boys dead and a community in uproar – it also swung the spotlight back on celebrity drug use and the havoc it can cause.

The wheels of the cars involved in the crash had barely stopped spinning when word had spread: both Jub Jub and his co-accused, Themba Tshabalala, had tested positive for cocaine and morphine. And not since the death of celebrated R&B singer Tsakani “TK” Mhinga in a lonely Bryanston, Johannesburg, hotel room after a drug binge in 2006 have celebs and their high-flying lifestyle of fast cars and substance abuse sparked so much public interest.

While it’s hardly new, drug-taking in the entertainment industry has become the talk of the town again – and taking the powerful substance morphine with the pricey party drug cocaine seems to be a favourite among local celebs.

“It’s the battle of the two drugs in your system that gives you a high,” someone who moves in celebrity circles says.

“The cocaine is like an orgasm and when combined with morphine it’s like having multiple orgasms. You’re buzzing and speeding but at the same time you’re relaxed and sensual.”

This combination is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to drug cocktails. Senior superintendent Devon Naicker, head of the SAPS narcotics division in the directorate for priority crime investigation (Hawks), says users are increasingly combining various drugs in their search for new kicks.

“It works like alcohol: the more you take, the more you’re able to take. A drug user is always looking to find a better high which is why they combine different substances,” he explains.

Drug rehabilitation centres say they are increasingly treating people who are using more than one substance and many are addicted to a combination of drugs.

“The main drugs being mixed are cocaine, a stimulant, and heroin, a depressant. It’s called a speedball,” says Alex Hamlyn, director of Houghton House Rehabilitation Centre in Joburg.

The speedball gained notoriety in 1993 when 23-year-old Hollywood star River Phoenix died outside a Los Angeles club after overdosing on the lethal cocktail. Now it seems this is the mixture of choice among people looking for new highs – and it’s fiercely addictive.

*Read more about drugs on SA’s A-list party circuit and the devastating effects of celebs’ drugs of choice in the 1 April issue of YOU.

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