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Shortage of tourists forces drug dealers to sell vegetables for a living

Drug dealers living in Goa have taken to odd jobs to make a living during the coronavirus outbreak. Several people were rendered jobless due to the coronavirus lockdown as the country practised social distancing and several other restrictions were imposed on day-to-day activities. Faced with a financial crisis, people took up odd jobs to make both ends meet while fighting COVID-19.

A similar crisis struck drug peddlers living in Goa who mainly survived on selling narcotics to tourists. While some of these drug peddles have started washing cars, some of them have turned vegetable and fruit sellers. Dr Ravindra Patil, a medical officer working at the Drug Treatment Centre in Mapusa district hospital said that two men who have been regular at the centre have started making face masks.

Patil said, "I am glad they took up whatever alternative source of income came their way. Some are even working as construction workers. We are happy to see that they are happy with their work. "


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