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New drug called Sisa is killing austerity-hit Greek youths

Smoking Sisa
A new and very cheap drug is killing Greek youth who no longer can see a future for themselves. Sisa is a form of crystal meth being mixed with filler ingredients such as battery acid and engine oil. It makes users violent and kills within six months.
Athens - Ever since the austerity crisis has hit Greece, drug use and alcohol abuse have been rising sharply, as have suicides. The larger cities, and especially Athens, are filled with homeless and impoverished people who often seek to escape their misery by taking refuge in drug induced stupor.
Enter the relatively new drug called sisa (pronounced as shisha) that arrived on the scene about two years ago and soon became the drug of choice because it's the cheapest of them all -- a hit costs less than 2 Euro ($2.50).
Easy to make at home, sisa is a deadly mix of crystal methamphetamine filled with the most weird and dangerous ingredients: battery acid, engine oil, shampoo and cooking salt. The Greek independent press eNet English has called it "cocaine of the poor" and the UK edition of Vice says its the "the epitome of an austerity drug."
The extensive article in Vice, with video evidence, describes an apocalyptic Athens the likes of which we've not yet read or heard about in other media: "Several Greek police stations have been firebombed in recent months, so the cops have reason to be nervous, especially when they notice that they are being filmed. On our first evening in Athens, a different group of officers approached us and, after spotting our film crew down the street, demanded to see our papers. They deleted our footage and detained us for a couple of hours, until we’d managed to get our passports delivered to the station. Greece is a paranoid place at the moment. The police, fascists, anarchists, dealers and drug users are all fighting for local supremacy and no one trusts anyone else."
A young anarchist, interviewed in the streets of Athens, has this to say: “How can I tell if someone’s a sisa user? It’s easy – they’re unbalanced, unstable, like a psychopath. They have crazy eyes, are talking to themselves and they are very aggressive. I think sisa is the worst drug in the world.”
In one of the videos, a user relates that the state of mind after smoking the drug makes one so violent that it's most easy to kill someone ...
Known effects of the drug: Aggression, hallucinations, death due to daily use, ulcers in mouth, nose, or intestine, rashes and infections, schizophrenia, emaciation, palpitations and anxiety, logorrhea (incoherent speech) and heart problems.

13 comments

#1May 18, 2013 Anne Sewell
Awful situation, and it will get worse, unfortunately.
#2May 18, 2013 Tim Sandle
Terrible that the disenfranchised youth are being exploited.
#3May 18, 2013 R. C. Camphausen
Greece will surely end up with a lost generation ... and many other problems.
#4May 18, 2013 Karl Gotthardt
Unfortunately youth unemployment is a major problem in the global society period and desperation permits these dangerous street drugs to emerge. Even college educated youth has not much to look forward to, except excessive student loan debt. There has to be something to give them hope on the horizon.
#5May 18, 2013 Leigh Goessl
Thanks Rufus for the story. I'd never heard of sisa before (as if meth wasn't bad enough on its own). So sad and scary.
#6May 18, 2013 R. C. Camphausen
I didn't know it either. Having lived in Greece, not in Athens though, I still regularly read the Greek news; and voila.
It's terrible, yes ... and I wonder how long it takes sisa to arrive in other countries as well.
#7May 18, 2013 Alain Debecker
Very good, albeit disgusting, way to get rid of your activists.
No long police inquiries, no Guantanamo type of scandals, and even auto-financed.
It'll be interesting to learn about the position of other governments about this practice.
#8May 18, 2013 R. C. Camphausen
@Alain Debecker
Very good, albeit disgusting, way to get rid of your activists. No long police inquiries, no Guantanamo type of scandals, and even auto-financed. It'll be interesting to learn about the position of other governments about this practice.
Interesting way of looking at things ... welcome to DJ.
#9May 18, 2013 Katerina Nikolas
Never heard of this tho' it is well documented that the streets of Athens have been full of druggies. Most of the known drugs come in via the Albanian mafia & there's been a few gangs caught in recent weeks.
Athens seems like another country to the South Peloponnese in the crisis tho' crime has soared round here and Kalamata is full of aggressive Roma begging.
#10May 18, 2013 Richard Milnes
I'm sure that Golden Dawn would stop these dirty drugs.
#11May 18, 2013 Katerina Nikolas
Yes, GD are very anti-drugs and drug users.
#12May 18, 2013 Paul Wallis
Herr Schauble strikes again. Golden Dawn is quite likely to use it and other social ills as an excuse. From poverty to tyranny is usually a very short step. For the record, there's a Russian drug called Krokodil which is even worse. It actually goes down to the bone and leaves very large holes in living people. Maybe that's next week?
#13May 18, 2013 Katerina Nikolas
A decade ago Greece had the lowest drug use in the EU. Greece was flooded with drugs when people smugglers used drugs as their currency of choice to bring illegals in via Turkey & made them sell drugs to pay off their illegal passage. If GD highlight drug use as a societal ill what excuse are they using - just highlighting the problem. When illegals owe money to people smuggglers they are forced to sell drugs which in turn puts the spotlight on illegal immigration being linked to crime. Crime makes people turn to GD as protector - for every racist crime the international media highlight each week in Greece there are two or threefold the numbers of crimes commited against Greeks by illegals.

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