HIV Medicine Street Drug A Craze In S Africa South Africa is in the grip of a dangerous new drugs craze that could threaten the country's battle against AIDS. The street drug called "whoonga" is a cocktail that includes the anti retroviral (ARV) medication prescribed to people with HIV. Demand for the substance has prompted a wave of thefts of AIDS drugs across the country. Users crush the ARVs and smoke them with a mixture of rat poison, detergent and marijuana to get high. The powder is said to be so addictive that users are hooked within days.