|Winder, 28, lived as a crack addict in El Bronx for 4 years.|
But altho Winder, now 28, who ultimately sought help in a government rehabilitation program, lost family and years of his life to drugs, he opposes drug prohibitionist policies.
"It's just a game to arrest the small guys," he argues. "The big fish always get away."
|Reproduction of Bronx rooms |
with gambling machines.
And in prison, he recalls, "there were more drugs than ever. Just more expensive."
I met Winder in the Museo Nacional, where he was recalling his time in El Bronx to museum guests who came to see a scale model of the street, whose real version was demolished about two years ago.
|Recyclers' carts in El Bronx.|
Winder also complained that few of the Bronx's residents recieved support and rehabilitation. A prohibitionist policy which treats drug abuse as a crime instead of a medical condition only makes it more difficult to provide assistance.
On my home from the museum, I passed some police searching a group of young men on a plaza near
|´What's that in your pocket?' Cops search young |
men on Plaza Santader in central Bogotá.
Later on, I played basketball in a park in La Candelaria where troubled kids called nieros sit in the stands smoking and drinking dubious substances. Drug prohibitionism doesn't seem to have done much to cut off their supplies.
|Another ex-Bronx resident, now in rehabilitation.|