03/14/2013 01:34 pm ET

Valium Is Killing Scotland's Drug-Taking Poor

One filthy grey evening in February, I meet Jack and his friends in a dank bar near The Cowgate. Strewn with broken glass and smattered with the acrid remnants of stomach bile, red cabbage and whatever else made up that particular meal before it found its way on to the street, this delightful area of Edinburgh is known to locals as "The Street of Shame". That's maybe because, despite being very pleasant during the day, come evening it's flooded by hordes of lads on tour, bedraggled students in fancy dress and cackling hen parties, who swarm towards the cheap bars on this side of the city, leaving streams of vomit running in their wake.

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