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Narcotic City Archive
We invite you to explore and contribute to this free online archive on cultures, histories, activities, and spaces related to drugs. The Narcotic City Archive collects and preserves the heritage of substance use and many associated social, cultural, economic, and political issues. We aim to gather a wide range of historical and contemporary materials from different groups and inviduals – and we hope that you will join us in this process! Learn more about the archive.
Set in the seasons leading up to 2020, this story takes place in a public community garden in Bonn, Germany, in a small lot surrounded by low-rise apartment buildings, in a quiet part of town not far from the Rhine. There was once a playground on this site, but it fell into disrepair and disuse. Increasingly overgrown with plant life – and thus shielded from street view – the abandoned playground was subsequently used primarily by people consuming drugs and alcohol.2015 – 2021
In the early 1970s, the emerging narcotic cultures of West-Berlin not only drew the attention of the public and the media, but came into the focus of academics and public health institutions, First studies and surveys were conducted with one paper standing out in particular. It was entitled “Drug Consumers Underground” [Drogenkonsumenten im Underground] and authored by a collective of young social workers, drug users and educators, some of them with aliases.1970 – 1975
Archive story of the month
In 2018, with the help of a professional writer, Truus Oldenburg published her life story: Fucking Hell: Het verhaal van Truus Oldenburg. Truus, then a 58-year-old woman living in Amsterdam, felt the need to share her story to counter the taboo on problematic drug use.
In 2018, Truus Oldenburg and professional writer Renate Guitink published the life story of Truus, who was then a woman of 58 years old and living in Amsterdam.1970 – 2020
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Amsterdam Nation-Map of Junkie Mokum by Peter Pontiac
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About the Narcotic City Archive
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