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Crack in America

April 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments ·

Introduction, Chemistry, How It Works, Physiological Effects, Health Risk, Crack Epidemic, Crack on Black Crime, Crack Killed the 80s and 90s, History, Crack in America, References


How Did it Get Here?

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    • politicians and journalists suggested that the CIA contributed to the rise of the crack epidemic. Allegations of drug ties to the Contra rebels, to possible direct involvement in drug trafficking by the Contras and even members of the CIA.
    • On April 17, 1986, the Reagan Administration released a three page report acknowledging that there were some Contra-cocaine connections in 1984 and 1985

Socio-Economic Trends

  • Northeastern and Mid – Atlantic States most affected
  • African- Americans, Latinos, and Poorer Whites most affected
  • Jail Sentencing much greater for Crack cocaine possession than powder cocaine

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  • Crack Cocaine is a Substance II felony drug
  • Government reports estimate $ 12 Billion in drug control in 2005
    • Additionally
      • $30 B – incarceration
      • $9.1 B – police protection
      • $4.5 B – adjudication

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