Phnom Penh – Srey Leak had a cold, so she did what many Cambodians do when they get sniffly and sneezy: She went to a pharmacy near her home in the capital’s Kandal Market neighborhood and asked for “healing medicine,” the generic Khmer-language term for antibiotics.
Within a few minutes, a pharmacist had handed her a colorful cocktail of pills in a plastic baggie—none of which could be identified because they were tablets doled out from larger containers.
For this, Leak, 29, paid about $2 and received no information about what she was about to ingest. Still, she said she was satisfied.
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