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Buenos Aires Clubs, "Labs" For New Synthetic Drugs

Argentina's electronic music scene and clubs are perfect venues for testing the country's latest illegal recreational drugs. The favorites then go on to the bigger markets in Europe.

Ecstatic crowd at a Buenos Aires club?
Ecstatic crowd at a Buenos Aires club?
Diego Geddes

BUENOS AIRES — Designer drugs are Argentina's novelty product. Ultimately, Europe is the major destination market, with the new synthetic products first tried out in the nightclubs of Buenos Aires, where there seems to be little if any will from owners or authorities to stamp out their use or sale.

You don't have to be a narcotics experts to know who has taken something and who has not. I compared two clubbers recently: a 20-year-old who seemed both excited and awkwardly lost, an obvious newcomer to the Buenos Aires electronic music scene; and a muscled 30-year-old girating in complete sync to the thumping beat of the music.

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