For the drug traffic, Portugal is one of the preferred gateways into Europe. It comes by boat, some of it from North Africa, some from farther away. The Coast Guard feels impotent to stop the traffic, in part because they do not have the means to do it. On its passage through, some of the drug rubs off and the fact is that many families in our country have youngsters addicted on drugs, and that several almost forbidden neighbourhoods in Lisbon are actual huge drug supermarkets.
Talking drugs used to be fashionable in the mid-sixties pop songs, especially
because it was a way of being irreverent. Nowadays it is a more serious
matter because it is very large-scale business and takes toll from inumerous
rich kids. But it remains a sort of taboo. People can see movies (namely
«Trainspotting») that more or less honestly display the hell
in which the consumers live, and still go home and fancy that it has nothing
to do with them. It does, it does...
Recovering from Addiction
Other drugskeep you doped with religion and sex and TV
John Lennon, 1970
The reason (...) is because I feel that if someone is going to use crank,
they should know what they are using. It has caused stroke,
heart attack, suicide,
to a lot of people I care about, not to mention what
it does to the people around them. I know that most junkies don't care what they are doing as long as they 'get off', others can't get a grip on their habit, many have mental and emotional problems that they can't deal with and thus use, some have tried to get clean and failed. I understand this all too well. I fight my addiction every day. I know a lot of people and I don't know anyone who isn't affected by addiction. (transcribed from part of the text on amphetamines, US specific information at the site created by Vaughan Bell emphases are mine)