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Drug abuse high in South Okanagan
Article By: Lisa Joy
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Meeting South Okanagan teenagers on their turf—the streets—it becomes clear that if there were an exam for illicit drug terminology, costs and effects, they would get an A+.
The teens know what’s available, for how much and the type of high it gives. The drug of choice is ‘BC Bud’ marijuana for $30 - $35 a gram and $150 - $220 an ounce. You can choose Hawaiian, white rhino, skunk, blueberry, California orange or banana. If you prefer ecstasy, for $25 a pill, there are green, red or ones with cartoon pictures. Then there’s GHB, a mellow ecstasy for $50 a baby jar. Crack cocaine is widely available and sells for $8 - $10 a rail and if you want to freebase it, just add baking soda. Hash is hard to find but the oil is easy to get. Mushrooms cost $10 a gram and acid is a bargain at only $5 a hit. Methamphetamine, which the teens say is a stronger form of speed, costs $15-$18 a point.
And there’s the prescription drugs sold on the streets like Tylenol 3s for $2-$2.50 a pill and Dexatrin for $2-2.50 a pill.
“There’s lots of candy on the table here,” said Mike Bell, a youth street worker for South Okanagan Integrated Community Services Society, who spends much of his time on the streets reaching out to the youth.
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