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New York City is facing a new wave of heroin and fentanyl overdoses, as heroin and prescription painkillers become a new plague.
Nowhere is the heroin crisis more acute than in Harlem, where more than half of the city’s street-level heroin users are black, and where more drug addicts have died from overdoses than from shootings.
The epidemic has reached a tipping point, and the NYPD is calling on its officers to put their lives on the line to keep New Yorkers safe.
The New York Times reports that New York State has spent more than $3.5 billion on the epidemic.
The Times says the cost is being paid by the police officers who protect the public.
It’s a trend that has become a national story as the number of opioid-related deaths have risen steadily in recent years, and a federal crackdown is now underway in New York and across the country.
But while New York’s heroin epidemic is getting more attention, a closer look at the drug’s origins shows that it dates back to the 1950s.
New York City has been one of the most heavily trafficked drug markets in the country, and it has always been a hub for heroin.
From the 1950’s to the early 1970s, heroin was sold from Harlem to New York, and heroin was then marketed as “safer” and “more potent.”
In the early ’80s, it was illegal to buy heroin from Harlem, and in the 1990s, New York police began cracking down on the supply.
By the mid-’90s, the supply had been severely curtailed, and by 1999, the New York Drug Enforcement Administration estimated that there were only a handful of heroin-producing areas in the city.
The heroin trade is a big business in New Mexico, and there are still some people who are willing to gamble on the high of heroin.
One such dealer, a woman who goes by the name of Bessie, says she can make as much as $200 a kilo a day on the street.
She works on a table in her front yard, a few blocks from her home, and has no one to sell her drugs to.
She says her heroin comes from the suburbs, but she is not sure how she got it.
Her mother is the only person she knows who has been selling heroin to her.
Bessie says she was raised by a single mother and her father is her father’s business partner.
She says her parents had drug problems, and she was forced to go to school.
She graduated high school in the late ’90s and went on to study business at an Ivy League university, and then worked as a manager at a bank in Brooklyn.
Bressie says her father took her into a drug deal to get her out of trouble.
She started using crack cocaine, but eventually ended up selling it to pay for her college education.
In 2000, Bessier was arrested on drug charges and released from jail.
She became homeless and ended up living on the streets of Harlem, buying heroin from friends.BESSIE: I would come home and find heroin in my handbag.
And if it was the right price, I would buy it, and if I was in the right place, I’d buy it.
She said she was able to make enough money to buy a car.
The story of heroin in Harlem is the stuff of legend.
In fact, the story is so well-known that in the early 2000s, when it was still illegal to sell heroin in New Jersey, the NYPD started distributing heroin to New Yorkers.
It’s a story that has made it into a movie called “The War on Drugs.”BESSIER: The city of New York has been like the city of Oz.
It is the gold standard of drugs, and its only way of controlling the supply was by destroying the city, and destroying the black population.
The heroin that we are dealing with now is produced from this black market.BILL SAVAGE: That’s Bill Savage.
He’s a professor of criminology at Northeastern University and a co-author of “The City That Dares Not Sleep.”BILL SAVAGES: I mean, New Yorkers, they’re used to a lot of bad stuff, and they don’t want to be part of the problem.
So it is a problem.BILL SAGE: But it is happening in a different way.
It was also happening before the crack cocaine boom in the ’90’s, but in the aftermath of the crack wars, New Jersey police began to focus on a new market: heroin.
It was a new kind of market.
New Jersey became the first state in the nation to criminalize the sale and possession of heroin, and that began a new era for the heroin industry.
In the mid-2000s, an anonymous supplier began selling heroin online.
The seller had no ID, and he had to rely on his word, according to an interview with one of his buyers, who went by