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Mixed Evidence of Methadone Crackdown
Soldiers, Prisoners, Casualties—A Drug War's Characters
Heroin: From the Civil War to the 70s, and Beyond
Cocaine: A Club Drug Becomes Enemy No. 1
A Cop's Death Accelerates the City's War on Crack
Today's Drug War: Marijuana and Mass Arrests
In the Drug War, a Stalemate?
The Meth Myth: A Drug that's Always on its Way
Prosecutors See Risks in Rockefeller Reforms
After Rockefeller Reform, Drug Courts Face Big Test
Casualty of War: One Addict's Saga of Punishment
Sean Gardiner's 2009 in-depth investigation on the 40-Year War on Drugs in New York City.
New York police officials last week distanced themselves from an arrest tactic that nabbed small-time pot users who obeyed when cops asked them to empty their pockets. City Limits broke that story in 2009.
In 2008, 12,000 people were incarcerated in New York State on drug charges. Over the past 40 years the share of state prison cells occupied by drug convicts soared, then steadily declined. (From City Limits' summer 2009 investigation of the drug war in New York City).
Recent city youth surveys show a slight dip in pot use and indicate that other drugs are substantially less popular. The 2007 survey revealed that white youths are more likely to use drugs than kids of other races or ethnicities, and that a greater percentage of Staten Island kids use drugs than in the other boroughs. (From City Limits' summer 2009 investigation of the drug war in New York City).