The Cheap New Killer

Drug dealers always seem a step ahead. Whenever a supply is cut off, a new source of dangerous kicks appears.

Thus, in parts of the U.S. where heroin has become difficult to get or too expensive, a cheap—and dangerous—substitute has taken its place. Known as Ts and Blues, it is a mixture of Talwin, a morphine-like painkiller sold only by prescription, and Pyribenzamine, a blue antihistamine tablet available over the counter. They are stolen and sold to junkies for about $10 a pair, one-quarter the price of a hit of heroin. Mixed, dissolved and...

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