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Portland Is Swimming in Dope

Portland is supposedly the whitest city in the United States. It is not surprising then that Portland is also the number two heroin city in the United States given what a white drug heroin has become. Heroin is pervasive in Portland (excuse the iliteration).

Portland, Oregon. To give you a good example of this, all you have to do is stand on the street in a residential neighborhood. The drug dealers literally drive around tow waiting for pages from their clients. All you have to do is wait long enough on the street and you will see them drive by.

How can you spot them? First, they are always Mexican. That isn't racism, it is just the reality of the city. Heroin dealing is controlled by Mexicans. Second, they almost always drive older (1980s) four door American cars. Why they are older and American made, I cannot say. I can however call you why they are four door cars. Generally, two Mexicans drive around in the front seats. With four doors, clients can easily get in and out of the back.

You may question how easily it is to spot heroin dealers in Portland, but I assure you that it is true. In fact, this is how I met a couple of dealers. Twice in one year, I was waiting on the street for a dealer (perpetually late) when a different dealer drove by and picked me up.

Maybe I just look the part. But then again... I have met other junkies who have had the same experience. I think it is just a function of how big heroin is in Portland.

by John E. © 2001
Last Modified: 10 January 2004


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