Glunt, Nick 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2018
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1 US OH: Experts: Public Opinion Of Addiction ShiftsSun, 08 May 2016
Source:Dayton Daily News (OH) Author:Glunt, Nick Area:Ohio Lines:141 Added:05/08/2016

Society Goes From Racist Approach to Empathy.

The Rev. Mike Starks witnessed the destruction of crack cocaine, but not from the sidelines - he was a self-described gangster and drug addict before he became a minister.

The Akron community activist recalls authorities responding to the epidemic, which is said to have lasted from 1984 to the early 1990s, with the all-out War on Drugs. Lawmakers enacted mandatory prison sentences for dealers. Stories in the media blamed addicts for their choices and told of gang-ravaged inner cities.

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