NARCOTICS: Return of the Plague

Just a year ago, federal authorities had reason to believe that the lethal heroin traffic was at last slowing. Deaths related to heroin had fallen significantly in 1973. Prices on the average were up —a sure sign of scarcity—and on the East Coast particularly "white" heroin made from the Turkish opium poppy was in short supply. Government officials were confident that the number of users was declining nationwide.

That optimism withered during 1974. Recently Dr. Robert DuPont, director of the President's Drug Abuse Prevention Office, said, "We're sure heroin use has gone up. Just how much we don't know, but it...

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