Opioid epidemic shares chilling similarities with the past

FILE – In this Sept. 22, 1957 file photo, police detectives John Matassa, center and Sheldon Teller, right, examine the arms of a suspected narcotics addict and dealer in New York. Eric Schneider, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania said after World War II, heroin became a drug primarily used by blacks and Puerto Ricans in the Northeast and by Mexican Americans in the West. In the late 1960s, at the height of the hippie drug experimentation era, there was a resurgence of heroin use among young white people in the East Village and in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. (AP Photo)


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