The white stuff

LET’S call him Curtis. Three days a week he gets into his small unmarked truck and drives to a farm somewhere in Western Australia.

There, he fills a tank with about 250 litres of a substance that has been banned from human consumption because, authorities warn, the bacteria in it can cause illness and possibly death, especially in pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. Curtis drives his truck back to Perth where, at a few designated drop-off points, mothers and children are waiting. Waiting for their man, with bottles to be filled from his refrigerated vat of bacterial soup. Right out in the open. Everyone can see them scoring their fix in those stark Perth suburbs of limestone walls and searing light.

by: Mark Whittaker                                 From: The Australian                        December 10, 2011

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