CRIME: The Junkies

A startling statistic last week made a front-page sensation out of a subject usually discussed only in the improbable columns of the Sunday supplements: narcotics addiction. New York City's Superintendent of Schools William Jansen, questioned during a state narcotics investigation, testified that one out of every 200 high-school students in the city are users of habit-forming drugs.

New York's traffic in drugs—$100 million a year in street sales—was the nation's worst. But eight other cities showed alarming increases in dope consumption: Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans, San Francisco, Washington and...

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