Smack in the Middle of Israel
A few years back, I wanted to get off dope so I went to stay with my brother in a small town in Israel. It worked, at first. For five months, I managed to stay clean which was the longest period of time I had ever managed. After that, I began chipping and eventually became addicted again.
Still a City Drug
I had to go into the closest city, Haifa, to score. There were basically two kinds of heroin to be found there. First, there was "China White" which was most likely coming in from Turkey. Most common however, was a beige chalky heroin like the stuff we see from Columbia. This latter stuff was oil-based and had to be mixed with lemon juice to go into solution. The price of heroin was about 100 Shekals per bag which was about a half gram. This equates to about $30. Not surprisingly, the quality of the dope was very high.
Cops Are Everywhere
Life was not good in Haifa. There were a lot of under-cover cops around to worry about. And if that wasn't bad enough, you were as likely to get ripped off there as not. But the scene was interesting. Deals were often conducted down dirt allies through holes in metal doors. You slide money in, they slide heroin out.
But overall, I would say that it was easier being a junkie in Israel than it is in the US. When I was there, they weren't controlling syringes although they were expensive--about a dollar a piece. And people weren't being held in jail for long periods because of possession "crimes".
Editor's Note: A word of advice to other young men with similar opportunities: don't try to kick dope in places well known for the high quality, easy availablity, and low cost of their dope. This story was given to us by Ken when he was in jail for possession of methamphetamine.