London is a drugs supermarket

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Your neighbours are at it, your boss does it, maybe the milkman too: London is awash with drugs. We spoke to four users about what they take and why.


  • The dabbler


    Mary – 32, student
    ‘I started taking drugs when I was 19; you could say I got in with the wrong crowd!'

    'It was speed and ecstasy in those days, now it’s more cocaine and only occasional pills. I stayed in and did crack with my boyfriend and a mate a couple of Thursdays ago. I’d always been curious about it, but would not have gone looking for it. The mate is an occasional dealer and he had some on him. I wouldn’t say that it was great, but it’s very moreish and you don’t get completely off your face. You never feel really out of it and it’s quite clean. I didn’t have a big comedown the next day, just got up and went to work. I wouldn’t want it to become a normal thing, though. That’s the fun behind most drugs, really; the fact that they’re illicit, that’s what makes it special. If it becomes mundane, that takes the fun out of it, and it becomes joyless.

    ‘I’d never say “Let’s stay in and do crack”, and it can become that way with cocaine or pills. It should be like a treat rather than something you need. The thing about cocaine and alcohol combined, or pills, is that the comedowns aren’t great, and I know it’s going to be four days to get back to normal.

    It’s probably one of the big reasons why I don’t do it most of the time. I might have a line at weekends and then maybe once a month or so it’ll get more excessive and I’ll have more of a messy weekend. I’ve tried ketamine and smack, but I won’t try ketamine again; I’ve heard too many horror stories about the health risks. And I probably wouldn’t do smack again, either. I’m worried about some friends who are doing lots of it.’


    The binger

    Penelope – 29, English teacher ‘I didn’t start taking drugs until I was at university'.

    'I hated smoking dope and never drank because I grew up in a small town, and was the one who had a car and drove. I loved acid when I was 19 and then, when I was 20, I fell headlong into the rave scene. I went through phases of going out Thursday to Sunday nights when I lived up north, but in hindsight we never used to take that much. A gram between three or four, a pill or two, and that was you for the weekend.

    London’s different. When people go at it here, they go crazy. You can stay up all night long every night of the week here and there doesn’t seem to be a natural slowdown when you hit 30 so much. You can have kids and move out of London, but if you stay, you really stay. There’s a feeling in London that you have to work hard and play harder, so you can’t just go out and take half a pill, you have to stay up all weekend. Some friends who are 30 or so all went through a bit of a panic that still going out is a bit sad when you’re not in your twenties, but there are still 40-year-olds on the dancefloor. If it’s still fun, why not?

    ‘There’s always a time when you hate yourself for it when your head’s on the pillow, wishing you never did coke or whatever, but that’s just because you’ve smoked a million fags, drunk far too much and spent all your cash. Everyone’s so used to drugs now. So someone does a line or half a pill, so what? We’ve all been around long enough to know that it doesn’t kill you. Drinking hard and fast during happy hour then going out into the street to cause all manner of havoc bothers me more. Drugs are everywhere. We had a 13-year-old in school with ecstasy in her bag. I don’t know if you’d find that outside of London.’

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Wind_lova
Wind_lova

Hey guys ,,, i am coming to london for 4 days next week , can any one please tell me where can i find good quality weed and Cocaine ?

no one
no one

just moved to Streatham Vale from Liverpool and looking for white and brown can anyone help coz my meth is running out. Where's the best place to score? Scored in camden but was shite and too far away need local Cheers

cat
cat

no disrespect to any of you but your users!!! thats ok by me,doesnt affect me..BUT im an addict,it aint nice but most of all i cant support my habit because 90 per cent of dealers are con artists!! you will never get what you pay for on the sreet..dont care where you live. i was fine till bout 10 years ago when it was hard to get and people took risks to earn money but SORRY it aint worth tuppence now! kids of 18 making a fortune out of misery. go to a clinic and get what you want!! DONT GET A HABIT!. LOVE YOU ALL,TAKE CARE.FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS!XXXXXXXXXXX

Alec
Alec

I should explain that in London, especially in very busy areas, drugs are easier to obtain. What is concerning is the vast amounts of people eager to make money, that ruin the quality of the drug, by mixing it, or just trying to rip you off. This is a crime the police ignore, but regular drug users end up paying more in the long run, and end up committing crimes to fund a habit, which is of low quality.

Alex
Alex

Where can you buy heroin in London?

tourist
tourist

it's a similar situation in any major city, how much you see various drugs pop up in your social circle just depends on who your friends are. drugs can be interesting and give you a different view of the human experience, and that can be valuable and interesting - as well as fun - at least for some people. that's why they're in demand. unfortunately some people use them as an escape or a psychological crutch, which is bad news. legalisation would fix a lot of problems like harm that can grow out of quality variations in the supply, drug A being passed off as drug B, and need-that-fix criminal escapades prompted by overpriced substances. on the other hand, education is needed to ensure people without enough respect for the dangers around certain drugs don't go around knocking themselves and their friends out. i suppose the status quo isn't too bad.

young'en
young'en

hmmm....this interests me. personally ive had my fair share of drug abuse and problems and ive just turned 17. i started doing drugs at about 14 and for me like most people it started off with weed. id smoke a joint or 5 at the weekends but then it slowly moved on to a joint everyday and a couple of pills. by the age of 15 i was doing phet and crack and then one night i was at a party and my dealer came up 2 me and asked me if i wanted to try some heroin. he gave me a tenner bag and i smoked it. but after i couple of months the kick of smoking heroin had gone and i progressed to injecting. i found myself doing whatever was possible to get two tenner bags of heroin everyday. I've just recently got clean after i overdosed on a speedball and was clinically pronounced dead for 1 min. i'm very thankful to be alive to tell my story and live my life. i do agree with what everyone else has said. compared to most places in the UK london is drug central. (it was the place where i first tried heroin) But i live in the north east and trust me everywhere u go there is a drug dealer close by to supply you with your needs.

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