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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Paco: New Scourge of Brazilian Shantytowns

BUENOS AIRES — The homecoming did not go as Pablo Eche had dreamed.

After 15 months in a rehabilitation clinic battling his addiction to paco, a highly addictive drug that has laid waste to thousands of lives in this country, Mr. Eche returned to Ciudad Oculta, a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of this city. . . .

For more than five years Mr. Eche has been a slave to paco, a smokable drug made from bits of cocaine residue mixed with industrial solvents and kerosene or rat poison. Labeled “the scourge of the poor” by politicians, the drug has become the greatest social challenge facing shantytowns like Oculta.

link: Buenos Aires Journal - Lost in an Abyss of Drugs, and Entangled by Poverty -


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