Cannabis, glue and alcohol: Ingredients of Morocco’s violent drug

Shadaan Hammam
Shadaan Hammam
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A new drug is swarming the streets of Morocco. Locally called Karkoubi, the drug has now, more than ever, become a national concern.

The pill is a dangerous mix of cheap psychotropic drugs, cannabis, alcohol and even glue. It sells cheap, only two Moroccan dirhams, making it 250 times cheaper than a gram of cocaine.

For this reason, Karkoubi has been called the drug for the poor. Since users get disillusioned to feel invincible, the drug is mostly known for its sinister side effect, violence.

It has been the leading cause behind rising crime among Moroccan youth. Statistics show that 80% of arrests are Karboubi related. Five percent of Moroccans have taken the drug in Casablanca alone, while 45% of young people between 12 and 35 said they used Karkoubi.

The pill has been described as a tiny chamber of disaster, and has raised political and security concerns as it is smuggled across the Algerian border.

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