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Inside Spain’s Opiate Epidemic

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PESCUAS ON THE WEED

Here’s a tip we can share from The Black Sheep, a well-known private club in Portugal on the Black River. It sounds easy. According to the club’s co-owner, Roque Coelho, give people a painkiller instead of heroin, and they’ll go away.

In Portugal, the government hasn’t outlawed cocaine. But it has made snorting it a crime, which has probably led many of the more addicted to use it as a dental solution instead of an opiate. The same happens with chewing on a cocaine leaf.

“Cocaine is available,” Mr. Coelho said. “But it is not prescribed to be used, and they won’t accept it in recovery.”

So why, if Portugal has been so successful in keeping opioids out of the black market, does the world have so many addicts? The short answer is that those who are using opioids are not using them normally. They’re abusing prescription drugs like hydrocodone, or “DWA,” or some combination. This overlap in the use of opioids, with illegal opioids and without a legal supply, has driven heroin addiction to higher levels than anywhere else in the world.

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