Nation: A New and Deadly Menace

Horse of a different color is for sale on East Coast streets

At a small party on Manhattan's affluent Upper East Side, the hostess sets two small trays before her guests. One contains the familiar white lines of cocaine, ready for snorting through rolled-up dollar bills or tiny straws. The other tray also holds lines of fluffy white powder, but they contain something new: a potent form of heroin that has begun flooding the illegal drug markets of New York and other Eastern cities.

The new heroin is cheaper (about $50 to $70 for 20 grains)...

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