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Sure there's a black market, but many of us have no clue where it's located.

I'm no pusher man


I was talking to a couple of people this week about the epidemic of drug use by people who use painkillers as their stimulant of choice.

We talked about young people stealing the drugs from their parents and about the high price of painkillers. I told the group I was with that I have some painkillers that I use, surprisingly enough, to relieve pain.

And I said that even if I wanted to, I'd have absolutely no idea how to go about selling these things on the street.

I don't consider myself particularly naive, nor am I afraid to go into any neighborhood in the city. But if I wanted to unload these things at an immense profit, I would be at a total loss.

I mean, what do you do? Drive around looking for people who look like drug dealers? Do you go to some tavern where you've never been before and check with a bartender for someone who's "buying?" Or do you go hang out on a street corner near a local high school winking at kids as they walk by.

Surely there are drug sales taking place all over this city almost every minute of every day. But there must be some special code or information that fuels this underground activity.

Because to me, it is so far underground I can't even see it.

Talkbacks

beefsupreme | April 30, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. (report)

You are particularly naive. No one will confide in the type of person who hacks out a fluff piece about a fruitless conversation about it. Also, this is an epidemic that is killing more people than legally concealed firearms.

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devidia | April 23, 2012 at 10:58 a.m. (report)

This column almost reads like the plot of an old 1970's detective show. Dave, you wouldn't happen to have a drug for the pain I'm feeling after reading this column, wouldja?? All kidding aside, Dave always entertains. One way or the other.

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brewcitypaul | April 23, 2012 at 8:13 a.m. (report)

Even for you Begel this is one of the strangest articles I've ever seen on here. You must be on drugs.

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Wrick9000 | April 22, 2012 at 7:48 p.m. (report)

What was the purpose of this "article"?

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