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Communities in uproar over decision to ban stimulant

A row has errupted in Sheffield over the Government's decision to ban the herbal stimulant Khat which is widely used by the Yemeni and Somali communities.

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What is Khat?

  • Khat is a stimulant drug derived from a shrub (Catha edulis) that is native to East Africa and southern Arabia
  • Chewing khat leaves is reported to induce a state of euphoria and elation as well as feelings of increased alertness and arousal
  • Leaves of the khat shrub are typically chewed and held in the cheek, like chewing tobacco, to release their stimulant chemicals
  • It is estimated that as many as 10 million people worldwide chew khat

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