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The Return of Heroin

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Homeless woman Joan Kimball, 37, prepares to injects herself with heroin beneath the Manhattan bridge where she lives November 20, 2001 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty)

The amount of heroin coming in and out of New York City has soared to levels not seen since 1991. New York Times reporter J. David Goodman and Buzzfeed contributor John Knefel talk about what’s driving the surge and why harm reduction tactics for heroin users have been gaining political traction.

Guests:

J. David Goodman and John Knefel

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Comments [6]

John A

Tom LI: you Are aware that there are paranoia producing side effects if MJ? Perhaps you are demonstrating them right now. BTW I've long asserted that a great many religions are superior to atheism, I follow several.

May. 23 2014 02:49 PM
tom LI

John A - life affirming? You mean the death cults of Judeo-Christian-Islam? But of course you mean only Christianity...cause you know...its the only right and proper faith.

During the hey-days of the higher rates of adherence to the "opiate of the masses", there was a lot of ills that were swept right under a few well-worn rugs...namely alcoholism and all that it spawned in your average American, suburban home. Ignored for a very long time by the religiously-opiated masses.

May. 22 2014 04:53 PM
John A

Ironic that an agegroup that leads in moving away from "opiate of the masses" now leads in use of masses of opiates. Not entirely a coincidence, one could assert. Meanwhile, the former was more life affirming (and cheaper!)

May. 22 2014 01:56 PM

Why Staten Island? Perhaps proximity to NJ suburbia...Ocean County NJ; we've had a 100% increase in heroin deaths...54 in 2012, 108 in 2013. Technically, suburban Brick Twp. is the same as Camden...any explanations?

May. 22 2014 01:44 PM
jf from reality

The whole heroin epidemic is the direct fault of the pharmaceutical industry hooking people on opium based drugs! Another corporate cause of death.

May. 22 2014 01:42 PM
tom LI

Reasons for the surge? Economics perhaps?

Will we also see a surge in the number of homeless, due to the widening gap in income inequality? I think we might, but we might see the locations of their congregation shifting from urban to more suburban....on the fringes, in the ever growing empty, abandoned industrial parks, etc.

May. 22 2014 01:22 PM

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