The sad truth about Oslo is that we have a lot of drug abusers.

Plata Oslo
Plata Oslo – image from dittoslo.no

Now I’m sure you’ve all gotten that greedy grab on the shoulder by some dirty hands, hearing someone saying ‘hey, girl, looking to buy?’ or anything in the lines of this because we take a break to text or even pick up our dogs’ poop. Now this may come as a shock to some people, but yes, there are in fact a lot of drugs going around in Oslo. And when I say a lot, I mean way too much. It’s also expensive, but let’s assume we’re all against it, as it’s illegal.

They won’t bite you or infect you, they’re just human, like you are, and the sad truth about it is that they’re here, right in front of you.

Have your heard of Plata?

If you haven’t been here for long, you may not know that this problem used to be worse, especially around the train station (Oslo S). They stopped all drug related things over there, and now not even alcohol is tolerated in this area. There used to be heroin users doing drugs, next to the trains, platform 19 — ‘Plata’. You may have heard about plata till now, and it’s platform 19, the place people overdosed for years, have died silently in their own private battle against drugs, and lost.

How to help a drug addict in Oslo

I’m not gonna give you any tips on how to avoid these people, because you shouldn’t. I speak to them, and honestly, I see that there’s always good coming out of them, they just can’t see the battle isn’t worth it and leave the drugs be. I want you all to actually go out and so something for these people. We’ve all got roofs over our heads. Now think about the guy sleeping outside, waiting for his new fix, not realizing how to fix his mistakes by simply not getting more fixes? What I’m trying to say is, we’ve all got some extra money, why not give it to someone who needs it?

Of course, there’s always that tattoo you want so badly, that dress, those shoes, that car, but you know what? You have the chance to spend some of that money, even if it’s just 10 kr, to make someone very happy, have a chat. They won’t bite you or infect you, they’re just human, like you are, and the sad truth about it is that they’re here, right in front of you.

  1. I truly love this site.
    Many thanks for the great community on Facebook and the website here.

  2. Just wanted to mention that they of course need our attention and help, but on the other hand not get spoiled with all the help they get from the government! Its sad the situation they are involved in too of course..

  3. Well written Margrete! I agree with you and when ever I get the chance to help them I do it.

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