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The 21st century road to heroin town

Posted: July 16th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

roadAs a child, my mother and I would visit her family near the Panama Canal Zone for summer vacation, and invariably there would be stories of “Sal si puedes” – literally “leave if you can.”  Sal si puedes was the derelict and dangerous opium smoking section of Panama City in the late 1800’s and first half of the 20th century.  Legend has it the narcotic-laced smoke was so thick that people walking through that area would get a contact high and choose to stay a while; never to leave again for long.  It was a place where fortunes, dreams and futures died. Read more »