How White Users Made Heroin a Public-Health Problem

Author: Andrew Cohen

“Can we explain the disparate response to the ‘black’ heroin epidemic of the 1960s, in which its use and violent crime were commingled in the public consciousness, and the white heroin ‘epidemic’ today, in which its use is considered a disease to be treated or cured, without using race as part of our explanation?” asks Cohen. What can we infer about race in America based on the difference in reactions by the government to black and white drug users?

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