The Heroin Epidemic in Black and White

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Whites have long been treated more leniently than blacks when it comes to illegal drugs

One September afternoon at the end of the 1990s, I was waiting for a bus at the intersection of Centre Avenue and Kirkpatrick Street in the Hill District on my way back home in the east end of town. At the time, this was epicenter of what probably was Pittsburgh’s largest outdoor illegal drug market.

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