A Letter From The Publisher: Mar. 16, 1970

SIX months ago, TIME ran a cover story on "Drugs and the Young," which analyzed the new and disturbing pot culture among the youth of today. This week, the cover deals once again with drugs and the young, but now the subject is the rapid rise of heroin use—infinitely more powerful than marijuana, appallingly addictive, horrifyingly lethal. It is not a story that any one correspondent or bureau could provide in the detail that TIME demands. The reports to Writer Keith Johnson, Editor Jason McManus and Researcher Mary Kelley were the work of 16 correspondents and stringers throughout the U.S. For...

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