Fighting Cocaine's Grip: At First I Was Scared

Caroline Coleman grew up in the privileged world of trust funds, Virginia boarding schools and Swiss finishing schools. It is a world, she claims, where using drugs is as common as clipping coupons. "Most of the people I knew snorted coke and took pills. You just couldn't make a move without ammunition." Coleman, now 28, says she began sampling marijuana, hash, amphetamines and barbiturates when she was a freshman at an exclusive girls' school in Virginia horse country. The status drug among the teen-age girls, however, was clearly cocaine. "If you had a...

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