Tag: heroin

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H.

On heroin and harm reduction.

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The Man Who Never Was

Todd Marinovich was engineered from birth to be the greatest quarterback of all time. He ended up doing heroin in the locker room. A 2010 National Magazine Award winner, reprinted on Longform.

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Dying To Be Free

Twelve-step programs treat alcohol and drugs according to the same principles. But heroin changes the way the brain works. If there’s a medication that treats heroin addiction, why aren’t we using it?

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Mainline Street

What does it take for heroin to grab hold in the small, remote towns of America? Like any business, it starts with one man and an entrepreneurial dream.

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The Making of a Narco State

Following the money and the opium in Afghanistan.

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Heroin Takes Over a House, and a Mom

Laurie Sperring’s Staten Island nightmare.

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Addict. Informant. Mother.

"Caught between the dealers and the cops in Hazleton, Pa., is a woman with a bad habit."

Previously: Susan Dominus on the Longform Podcast.

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‘An Addict With Friends’

Robert Aaron was a veteran horn player who sold bags of heroin to friends to support his own habit. Then his friend Philip Seymour Hoffman overdosed.

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Burning Out

The last days of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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The New Face of Heroin

A dispatch from Vermont, which is in the midst of what the governor calls a “full-blown heroin crisis.”

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The Final Confessions of a Silk Road Kingpin

How a 40-year-old IT consultant became nod, one of Silk Road’s highest volume heroin dealers, who turned informant and then fugitive.

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Addiction Treatment With a Dark Side

A recent history of ‘bupe’ Suboxone film, which is described as a miracle cure for opiate addiction but flows freely from for-profit clinics to dealers and inmates, sometimes melted into the pages of smuggled Bibles.