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I've read an interview with Nick Cave, who lived in West Berlin in the 1980s and was a drug addict. He said that the "stuff" was very cheap and good - by that probably he meant very pure. And he said that the word on the street was that the drugs must have been supplied by communists to undermine western capitalists. Has this been researched?

Also, from various media I got the impression that West Berlin had a high number of drug addicts. Was that really much above European average?

EDIT: google search yields a few articles from 1970s and 1980s that seem to support the view that heroin was in fact very available in West Berlin at that time.

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Some of the street pushing was done by communists and anarchists - I don't think most of the smuggling was done by them. Generally that counter-culture OFTEN used drugs and maybe even defined itself via those ("Zentralrat der umherschweifenden Haschrebellen"). – user45891 Dec 5 '14 at 21:42

Looks like it's unlikely that anyone will provide a definite answer anytime soon so let this be a temporary answer.

In the book "The substance abuse problems" by Sidney Cohen (as well as in some newspaper articles) the availability of drugs in West Berlin (mostly heroine and hashish) is explained by the trafficking done by guest workers from Turkey and middle east. The East Berlin authorities are still somewhat implicated, because the guest workers mostly landed in Shoenfeld airport, which is in East Berlin, and underwent customs checks there. Then they could proceed to West Berlin without going through the customs again. It remains to be researched whether East Berlin customs officers were instructed to keep a blind eye on drugs, knowing that their destination is the other side of the wall.

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The airport is named "Schönefeld", alternative spelling: "Schoenefeld". (I can't fix that myself due to it being to few characters I'd change.) – sbi Oct 20 '12 at 20:29
This answer seems quite reasonable, +1. Also note that, if East Germany would have supplied the drugs, they would have to be bought using hard currency, which was in short supply in East Germany. – sbi Oct 20 '12 at 20:31

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