Drug Dealers, Amsterdam
There are people who do heroin in Amsterdam even though I was told by a local it's not as bad as it used to be, There are places where they congregate and do their dealing but these places can be avoided. and there seems to be a strong police presence in these areas, but I would stay clear after dark even though it seems safe during the day.
Watch out! more than once I had people trying to put baggies or E tabs in my hand. One time a guy followed me to the suppermarket for almost a mile at 7am. He just couldn't belive that an American came to Amsterdam for more than just drugs...... They have great beer as well.
While walking around the area where our hotel was and in the Dam Square area, we were approached several times by drug dealers. We either said 'no' or just ignored them and they were not a problem. I have heard that if you acknowledge them, they will not leave you alone so it is best just to ignore them.
Will that be oregano, powder sugar or aspirin?
Amsterdam's a place where almost anything goes and it endures a lot of narcotourists. If you do come over chances are that someone on the street will try and sell you whatever mind altering substance you may be inclined to buy. Word from the wise: the stuff you buy on the street is generally nothing more than repackaged supermarket goods.
there are a lot of people (especially black people) who keep on trying to sell you drugs - BEWARE - they will not sell you drugs but washing powder or rats poison which may ruin your holidays or even kill you!.. if you really want drugs - buy them from reputable coofee shops ****
in amsterdam there are a lot of beggars - in one circumstance a beggar approached my friend and he gave him 50c but the beggar kept on running after my friends for more. - i had to tell him that i was going to call the people for him to leave ****
in amsterdam you have to pay for using toilets, burger king charge you for taking tomate sauce (!) and in sometime some supermarkets charge you for taking a plastic bag to put the things you just bought from them! - the cost of life is quite expensive (compared to Malta's cost of living) ****
local bike drivers have no pity - if you're in their lane they will rush near you at great speed - be sure to check the bike lane is clear before crossing it and don't walk on their bike lanes. pay also attention to the trams. we really had headaches to cross - cross roads where there was a lot of trams lanes, bike lanes, car lanes ecc!! *****
pay a great deal of attention to bars that promise sex shows for less than 5 euros - it's either a rip-off and some crap. if you want some decent red-light show go to either Casa Rosso (25 euros no drinks - 45 euros with drinks) the show is coreographed and quite good to look at. the alternative is the BananaBar. (both of them are located in the RedLight district obviously :-)) ****
girls in the the windows take 50 euros for some 20/30 'service' - always ask for the price and the time available - these girls are great to get you spending money - always practise safe sex :-) ****
in amsterdam, some clubs offer a service where nude girls massage you ecc - but these were too expensive for my holiday budget (and even for an average traveller) ****
I can honestly say I have never seen somebody shooting up until I went to Amsterdam, but especially shooting up in the middle of the street! I thought that was crazy! Beware of shady people who come up to you and whisper 'weed' 'cocaine' 'X' 'Heroin' or anything like that. Just ignore them, that's what we did. And if you did do drugs, they would probably be selling you Ajax or something harmful to you...thats all. This is a picture of a junky shooting up..err i mean Dale next to a 'car'
In some parts of the city,especially in the Red Lights,there are many drug dialers with offers to you.You just have to ignore them and they leave you alone.
Also,take care about money not to be stollen on the street.And don't let children be alone outside.
I was a young woman alone, and was slightly intimidated by the hard core drug dealers on every corner. I was harrased and followed. I have also heard some horror stories of drugs purchased, namely X but that applies everywhere, I guess.
There was quite a few people selling drugs in the area around the Red Light district. It can get a bit dodgy. A polite no thankyou when being offered drugs will usually do. Also, don't try to enage one of the these people in a conversation, especially if you are not buying. Just keep walking at your normal pace. Do not attempt to take pictures of the girls in the windows or the drug dealers for that matter.
Just don't buy ANY drugs of the street. There are more then enough good coffeshops around town. If you are from a big city like L.A., San Francisco or New York you have no reason to be scared down here...
Policy On Drugs
The Dutch and especially the Amsterdam authorities carry a liberal policy on 'soft' drugs (marihuana and hashish).
However this doesn't mean that everyone here uses drugs. Au contraire! I have NEVER smoked or used anything of the sort myself and neither have my family or friends.
Legally the selling and buying of soft drugs is forbidden but certain 'coffeeshops' are allowed to sell small quantities and you're allowed to smoke your purchase inside.
Be careful though, while smoking can be allowed in certain youth hostels, music venues and bars, it is not considered acceptable behavior everywhere.
Just say to watch out for the guys on the street corner in the center of town trying to sell you drugs.If your not into looking at the red light district,try not to walk around the town center to much.
beware of drug dealers and shady characters, especially in the red light district. The best advice I was given is to keep your valuables safe, dont walk on your own too much and answer 'nay' if someone approaches or offers you anything.
bad drugs on the street!! me and my mate were watching postcards in the middle of a sunny day when this guy comes and asks if we want to buy heroin. and in general, there´s always someone asking if you want something, speed, extacy etc...they even asked my dad and he´s 50.