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Dana Beal dana at cures-not-wars.org
Tue Jul 30 18:48:21 EDT 2002



Pubdate: Sat, 27 Jul 2002
Source: Guardian, The (UK)
Copyright: 2002 Guardian Newspapers Limited
Contact: letters at guardian.co.uk
Website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardian/
Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/175
Author: Andrew Osborn of the Guardian

EXPENSIVE OSLO IS CHEAP FIX CAPITAL

In a Country Where Drugs Cost Less Than Alcohol, Heroin Addiction Is
Causing Growing Alarm To Norwegian Authorities

Oslo- Its standard of living was officially recognised this week as the
best money can buy but oil-rich Norway has a darker, less publicised claim
to fame: Oslo has become Europe's drug overdose capital and is awash with
heroin.

The city is infamously expensive. A pint of beer will set you back UKP 5, a
pack of cigarettes UKP 5.50 and even a Big Mac costs close to UKP 3.
Heroin, however, is relatively cheap-one tenth of a gram costs about the
same as 20 Marlboro.

The drug's relative affordability - it has halved in price in the last
decade - has seen thousands of ordinary Norwegians develop a habit with
fatal consequences.

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v02.n1412.a05.html

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