In the mid 1980s, crack hit the streets harder than a Mike Tyson knock-out punch in the first round and quickly caught the attention of Americans—both young and old.
The outcome was that millions of Americans began flying (getting high) and ultimately dying from this deadly drug.
According to Houghton Mifflin, crack is described as “chemically purified, very potent cocaine in pellet form that is smoked through a glass pipe and is considered highly and rapidly addictive.”
Born and raised in the south side of Sacramento, my neighborhood was considered poor. I witnessed crack addicts walking the streets, talking to themselves and begging for money.
It was common to hear about robberies and killings on my block all in the name of crack. I’ve seen crack not only destroy the lives of its users, but the men and women who sell the drugs, and in some cases, the families of users.
“Crack messed up my life, made me drop out of school, mess up my scholarship, and made me an eight-time felon,” says a close friend of mine and one-time drug dealer, William Spotwood.
“I made unreal money, but it wasn’t worth the time I spent locked up,” says…» Read More