Monday, January 08, 2007

Photo & Fact

Vials for crack-cocaine found in an alley in Baltimore, Maryland

Photo by: Stephen A. Bess
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Over time, as the suppliers figured out how to make crack more easily, the price of crack fell dramatically,” says Levitt. “Therefore, an addict could consume much more crack with the same amount of income. The number of people using crack has fallen, but the total amount of crack consumed hasn’t fallen nearly as much because each addict is consuming much more.”
Sources:
http://www.chicagogsb.edu/
(The Economics of an Illicit Drug Market, April 2006)

23 comments:

Dawn said...

I remember thinking back in '91 when New Jack City came out about how bad drugs are...about how they ruin everything.

How is it that it's sixteen years later, and we could write a new and more complicated New Jack today?

Shameful.

Stephen Bess said...

Dawn-
Yeah, the article went on to say that it is still an epidemic because we now have veteran users who are still living and using evenn more. Thanks!

Poetry by Kai said...

thanks 4 stopping by..

i never like drugs,
they just killed the soul & spirit

Stephen Bess said...

Kai-
Amen to that! I've seen it too many times.

Lyrically speaking said...

It's always going to be a never-ending issue, it's terrible that not even the police can control such addiction. By the way i'm tagging on the questions asked on my post today :) sorry don't know how to use the proper buttons (tag)

urban butterfly said...

I love your photographer's eye.

This is a harsh reality. An unfortunate reality I've seen in my family too many times.

African girl, American world said...

damn!
thanks fo the reality check.

Being Mama Daily said...

my goodness....

AZ said...

I don't notice crack so much in Arizona as I do crystal meth. We have an inordinate number of toothless young people running around in Arizona. Sad because they can't get jobs with that neon flashing sign on their face that says "I'm a drug user -- hire me."

Nevah~ said...

wow.

It's sad that so many souls are lost to drugs. One picture such as this tells a story of a generation in crisis.

Happy New Years!

Guyana-Gyal said...

Kai is so right about drugs killing the soul. Anais Nin, writer, wrote about a brief experiment with drugs, I must read what she said again. Have you read a book called Clockers?

Stephen, I've nominated you in the Bloggies...go on, tell folks to nominate...one day left.http://2007.bloggies.com

tryphina said...

Unfortunately, the problem is more expensive and as sophisticated as the vials that contain the cocaine itself (I know, I know you an English Professor,crucify me!)
I thought vials where found in Hospitals, Labs, and Clinics only! If that's the case, then how do they end up in the hands of people who are not delivering healthcare? This is one of those social problems that make me "Angry"

getzapped said...

It's a very sad state and fact. I know meth is an on-going problem out here. It's tragic!

Stephen Bess said...

Cathy-
I agree. I don't think that we could ever truly rid society of these things. Well, no more than we could liquor.

UB-
Thanks! I feel you. I've seen this in my family as well.

Mwabi-
Thank you for taking it in.

Being Mama-
Yes indeed.

AZ-
Yes, Meth has become quite pandemic.

Nevah~
Thanks and Happy New Year to you.

Guyana-
I've only seen the movie Clockers but I've never read the book. Thanks for the nomination!

Try-
Thanks. I share your anger and disappointment.

Zapped-
Yes, the saga continues! Thanks.

Cergie said...

Hi, stephen, thank you for passing by and asking if I'm well
Yes, I'm fine, however, I'm rather busy because of my vacation and my children at home
Soon, I'll go once more time, to the south of France because we had a problem with our car whitch had to be repaired there

Nevertheless, I'm trying to post some pictures, now I said I'll publish and comment only one day / 2.

For me Internet is almost like crack you know, I must try to be less dependant for a few time, because of my home work and my familly !
I must treat myself !

Ahahah !

Stephen Bess said...

Cergie-
LOL! Yes, blogging can be like being an addict. :) You're funny! I feel I will be forced to less frequent my blog in due time. I will be full speed ahead until that time. I hope that everything works out well with your car.

Maxjulian said...

In this society, you can: numb out, sell out or drop out. OR, be your own authentic self (if you can find it) and perhaps, the world around you. Not so easy choices, plus, rocks work lightning fast

BronzeBuckaroo said...

The photo, for lack of a better word at the moment, goes beyond just being poignant for me.

Stephen Bess said...

Max-
I can dig that. Thanks

Bronze-
I appreciate the comment. Thanks.

Manena said...

This is a little disgusting to write, but I live in the Baltimore area, and I was disturbed to find out that people shoot up in their pee pee's!!!! Drugs are bad...

Stephen Bess said...

Manena-
Hello and welcome. Yes, I've heard of users shooting into their genitalia. It's unfortunate, sad, (and I would think) painful.

NML said...

I have always been curious as to what a crack pipe looked like... Outside one the ad agencies I deal with over here in London, smackheads inject drugs into their necks...

Stephen Bess said...

NML-
Yeah, that smack is a killer! Baltimore has a serious smack problem.

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