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Old 10.07.2012, 11:16
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Re: Junkies getting a fix in the middle of the day in center Bern

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No, it makes it impossible to find a vein.
Well, I guess I'm happy I didn't know that.
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I must say that the drug users I had contact with in Bern were incredibly polite and nothing like the stereotypical junkie from places like Edinburgh (think Trainspotting). One guy politely excused himself while heating up his heroin in a spoon and moved as he was blocking a door way, he actually apologised in perfect English for being in the way.
Yes, it is interesting how people from countries like USA or UK associate junkies with violence, however in Switzerland that is not the case. I am not condoning shooting drugs but they are drug addicts, vulnerable and weak at best.

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These junkies are all around the train station and also down by the river...

I wish they would just do it out of sight. At least there is not a lot
of burglaries and robberies associated with it like in the US
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Correct! In the US they carry guns, do home invasions, rob stores, etc...You cannot even go in certain areas. In a way, children that witness this in Switzerland area bit lucky. They see this happens in life but they can view it in a mature manner. They see that it is a choice and they choose not to do it. Lesson learned...hopefully
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Old 10.07.2012, 11:45
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Last time I checked, this was illegal! Why they don't go to jail?
It's not illegal, that's why they don't go to jail.

I was told this years ago by a friend who was/is an undercover agent with the Zurich Kripo.

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It's not illegal, that's why they don't go to jail.

I was told this years ago by a friend who was/is an undercover agent with the Zurich Kripo.

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According to Art. 19a of the "Betäubungsmittelgesetz" you get fined when consuming drugs and you can get up to three years of prison when ownng them.
But hey we save money too. Our schools don't have to show movies about the dangers of drugs consumption. Our teachers can show their students the perils on class trips.
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It's not illegal, that's why they don't go to jail.

I was told this years ago by a friend who was/is an undercover agent with the Zurich Kripo.

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As far as I know:

Marijuana: Possession of a certain amount legal, consumption legal, Growing and/or Selling Illegal

Other drugs: Possesion and consumption illegal
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Re: Junkies getting a fix in the middle of the day in center Bern

In recent SBB toilets (around Zurich, at Stettbach for one) the light is not blue, and there is hole for the safe disposal of needles (and the hole has a pictogram of a needle so it's crystal clear what it's for).
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You are right...if you have a junkie currently living at home..make sure he/she's out on the streets so that in a few years, we'll rid the entire world from drugs......
Sorry, I didn't phrase what I was trying to say correctly. What I meant was that seeing the condition most heroin users are in on the streets would probably discourage most people from ever touching the stuff.
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Sorry, I didn't phrase what I was trying to say correctly. What I meant was that seeing the condition most heroin users are in on the streets would probably discourage most people from ever touching the stuff.
I really don't think so.

Having pictures of disgustings organs on packs of cigarettes don't stop people smoking.
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Re: Junkies getting a fix in the middle of the day in center Bern

Well put, thing is people choose to let the substance control them. At least you know where you are with the drooling Zombie type addict, worst in my eyes are the ones you describe, "normal" day to day addicts lying to themselves and everybody else by taking "recreational drugs."
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Re: Junkies getting a fix in the middle of the day in center Bern

Parking next to Reithalle is maybe the "worst" place to leave your car.
Even though they are many alternative concerts and interesting programs in Reithalle, the drug scene there is pretty rough. It's not super dangerous, but there are some issues from time to time, so rather chose another place for parking, especially at night.
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