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The dangers of bombé
“This drug is very dangerous,” the leader of the Congolese addiction programme Patrice Kapia was quoted as saying in Der Spiegel. “It causes heart and lung problems, and on the long term, cancer.”
There have also been reports of deaths after bombé consumption. Kapia says that the ingredients from the catalytic converters could be especially poisonous.
In August police rounded up and paraded nearly 100 alleged dealers and users of the drug bombe, which means “powerful” in the local Lingala language, following a call to action by Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi. “This social phenomenon calls for collective responsibility by the whole nation,” Tshisekedi told ministers at a weekly meeting.
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In an abandoned shack in a suburb of Kinshasa, a young man seeking oblivion slits open a bag of brown powder, blending it with a couple of crushed pills using the back of a spoon, before snorting the “bombe” mixture, with his friends. Within minutes the trio are swaying slowly, scratching themselves in a catatonic state that experts in Congo say can cause users to stand motionless for hours, or sleep for days.
The effects of driving while on drugs
Spoiler alert: drugged driving is just as much of a crime as drunk driving. Driving while impaired leads to poor judgment and expensive accidents that’ll be on your permanent record. So whether recreational marijuana is legal in your state or not, stay off the road.
And keep your catalytic converter strapped to your car. In fact, you should take precautions to protect catalytic converters, especially considering there’s a bit of a car part shortage. Replacing it would likely cost more than any thief would be able to sell it for. In short, just be safe, and say no to drugs.