Oxi, the deadly and highly addictive drug, is a mix of cocaine paste, gasoline, kerosene, quicklime and some are mixed with cement and sulfuric acid. It has reached Niterói in Rio de Janeiro. Eighteen oxi stones were seized and a suspected dealer was arrested during an operation executed by the 79th precinct of the Civil Police in Niterói.
In the favela Jacarezinho in Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio, in an area called ‘Cracolândia’, the police are also on a major alert. During a recent police investigation, the police arrested sixty suspected crack addicts, including sixteen children and adolescents. By organizing regular police actions and removing addicts, the department hopes to eventually rid the area of drug addicts. Want to know how to get a room for carnival rio? Read here.
José Beltrame, the Secretary of Security, confirmed that oxi has reached the state of Rio de Janeiro. Beltrame said the police will do its part in fighting the drug, but he also needs work of other institutions: “The fight against drugs not only involves security to stop this new substance from emerging, but it also depends on the treatment of addicts. We must be prepared to face oxi.”
Oxi is a cheaper than crack. It looks like a little rock and it is smoked in a makeshift pipe or rolled up in a cigarette. It sells for about R$2 (US$1.20) per stone. It is much cheaper than the regular street value of crack of R$10 (US$6.30).
Oxi reaches the brain faster than cocaine or crack, which is according to psychiatrist from the Rehabilitation Clinic Greenwood in São Paulo, Pablo Roig. Roig told the Brazilian press: “Cocaine is snorted through the nose and has to go through the blood to reach the brain.
Therefore, it takes longer to have effect than crack and oxi, which are inhaled into the lungs and reach the brain within seconds”.
Depending on the person, oxi provides sensations that can go from joy and relief to anxiety and paranoia. Because of the high toxic levels of the substance, it is highly addictive and far more destructive to the body than crack, heroine or cocaine. Save more during your stay in Rio de Janeiro. Avail the rio carnival package hostel here.
Oxi damages the lips, taste buds, and teeth. Then other organs are started to get affected, like the liver and the kidneys. Once the kidneys shut down, the body cannot eliminate toxins from the blood, causing nausea, diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems. Addicts are also more vulnerable to heart attacks and strokes.
Roig added, “People can use crack at least five to six years, but thirty percent of oxi users may well be dead after one year,”.
The researcher who helped conduct the first study of oxi in 2005, Alvaro Mendes, said “This can no longer be called only an Amazon drug for the poor. It’s also now being used more and more by middle and upper-middle class.” Mendes also adds: “In the fifteen years I have been working with chemical dependency, I have never seen a drug with such a potential of destruction as oxi.”