A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 4, 1972

FOR this week's cover story on the war against heroin, TIME correspondents talked not only with narcotics agents round the world but with the growers, smugglers and dealers they pursue. It was reporting on a life-and-death matter to hundreds of thousands of people, and it had a generous share of dramatic moments.

Correspondent James Willwerth was with narcotics agents in Manhattan last week when they were tipped off about an incoming shipment of drugs. Willwerth accompanied the agents to an observation post on the third floor of New York's Beekman Downtown Hospital and witnessed...

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