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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:34 PM
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Getting high on HIV drugs in S Africa (BBC)
Alka Marwaha
BBC News

Anti-retroviral drugs used to treat HIV/Aids are being bought and smoked by teenagers in South Africa to get high.

Reports suggest that the drugs are being sold by patients and even healthcare staff for money.

Schoolchildren have been spotted smoking the drugs, which are ground into powder and sometimes mixed with painkillers or marijuana.

Aids patients themselves have been found smoking the drugs instead of taking them as prescribed.

Anti-retrovirals are used to boost the immune system of people with HIV and to suppress the virus in the blood.
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more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7768059.stm

Another one for the "people are stupid" file ...
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:35 PM
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1. Also one for "end the fucking drug war" file.
If people could get the good stuff, they wouldn't bother with the bad stuff.
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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:16 PM
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2. No, its is not one for "people are stupid"
Try being wretchedly poor, and shut out of life before judging.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:09 AM
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3.  a stupid OP.
people are horrifyingly poor in these countries -- tired and sick beyond reason.

and no -- this isn't even a good example to use for legalizing drugs -- this is just a nightmare.

poverty in S.A. or india or what ever is just beyond imaging -- even at our worst here -- comparatively.
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