(Image source: Al Jazeera)

 

BY STEFANIE REDDING

ANCHOR JIM FLINK


The media has caught wind of a drug running rampant in Brazil-- Oxidado. Called Oxi for short, it is a cheaper-- more lethal version of crack cocaine. And those who use it get addicted after the first try.

 

In a feature report for Al Jazeera, Gabriel Elizondo writes...

“With cocaine paste as the main ingredient, Oxi can be made very easily and cheaply without the need for a background in chemistry … Because Oxi is so easy to make, a rock of Oxi can sell for as cheap as one American dollar.”

Dirt cheap and spreading like wildfire-- a BBC reporter takes a closer look at the effects of Oxi in Brazilian society.

“It remains the drug of choice for the poor in the Amazon region but researchers say its grip is starting to reach in the upper and middle classes. This Police video shows a bicycle stuffed with Oxi, it was about to be shipped to bigger markets.”

But even though the drug is cheap-- the cost of using it is great. A reporter for The Rio Times explains...

“[Oxi] users take on a yellowish skin color, lose weight very quickly and develop liver problems. They start to look like emaciated living corpses in just a few weeks time. .. perhaps the most alarming fact is that most users die within a year.”

The BBC reports the drug has been around for almost two decades, and explains why it’s starting to grab headlines.

“...oxi has only received national attention during the past couple of months as police have begun to find it in the richer and more populous cities further south, like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.”

Finally- Telegraph writer Andrew Brown says--the  Oxi epidemic isn’t all that different from other drug epidemics.

“... new substances have a feature in common – an impoverished setting, with high unemployment, broken families, wretched living conditions, homelessness etc. These are the ideal conditions in which addiction to horrid drugs can flourish."

 

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New Drug Sweeping Brazil 'More Toxic than Crack'

(Image source: Al Jazeera)

 

BY STEFANIE REDDING

ANCHOR JIM FLINK


The media has caught wind of a drug running rampant in Brazil-- Oxidado. Called Oxi for short, it is a cheaper-- more lethal version of crack cocaine. And those who use it get addicted after the first try.

 

In a feature report for Al Jazeera, Gabriel Elizondo writes...

“With cocaine paste as the main ingredient, Oxi can be made very easily and cheaply without the need for a background in chemistry … Because Oxi is so easy to make, a rock of Oxi can sell for as cheap as one American dollar.”

Dirt cheap and spreading like wildfire-- a BBC reporter takes a closer look at the effects of Oxi in Brazilian society.

“It remains the drug of choice for the poor in the Amazon region but researchers say its grip is starting to reach in the upper and middle classes. This Police video shows a bicycle stuffed with Oxi, it was about to be shipped to bigger markets.”

But even though the drug is cheap-- the cost of using it is great. A reporter for The Rio Times explains...

“[Oxi] users take on a yellowish skin color, lose weight very quickly and develop liver problems. They start to look like emaciated living corpses in just a few weeks time. .. perhaps the most alarming fact is that most users die within a year.”

The BBC reports the drug has been around for almost two decades, and explains why it’s starting to grab headlines.

“...oxi has only received national attention during the past couple of months as police have begun to find it in the richer and more populous cities further south, like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.”

Finally- Telegraph writer Andrew Brown says--the  Oxi epidemic isn’t all that different from other drug epidemics.

“... new substances have a feature in common – an impoverished setting, with high unemployment, broken families, wretched living conditions, homelessness etc. These are the ideal conditions in which addiction to horrid drugs can flourish."

 

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Transcript by Newsy.

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