The News Lens
By: James Baron
‘Most people are completely unaware that this is even an issue. I know this
because I have seen flagrant sniffers in the middle of busy thoroughfares, their heads buried in larger carrier bags as oblivious hordes jostled around them.’
If there’s a more accomplished flâneur in Taipei than my old pal Bede, I have yet to meet the person. Anchoring his perambulations around convenience-store pit stops, he literally stumbles upon scenes and characters that most Taipei natives would scarcely credit.
As with several revelations concerning the seedier aspects of the city’s underbelly, it was Bede who first alerted me to the issue of solvent abuse in Taipei.
“I can’t believe you’ve not come across them,” he said. “Once you know what to look for, you’ll see them everywhere.” [FULL STORY]