Outreach workers say the practice making headlines isn’t as widespread as it’s been made out to be as they rush to prevent more from trying it.
Common cough, flu and pain medicines can be addictive. Codeine addiction is an increasingly well-known problem in South Africa.
Addicts try and try again to break the habit but, with no real prospects, they can't win the battle.
Introduce harm-reduction and HIV programmes – especially for heroin users – before it's too late.
Lindokuhle Sobhekwa spent months photographing nyaope addicts. His extraordinary images seek to capture the human side of these people in the grip of addiction.