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NCJ Number: 157372 Find in a Library
Title: Marketing of Street Heroin in New York City
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Dated:(Summer 1984)  Pages:553-566
Author(s): P J Goldstein; D S Lipton; E Preble; I Sobel; T Miller; W Abbott; W Paige; F Soto
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 14
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: During the course of three field studies in New York City, focusing on various aspects of street drug trafficking, information was collected by the authors on the ways in which street heroin is packaged prior to sale.
Abstract: The labeling process entails stamping, writing, or printing a name, symbol, or number, often in a specific color, on the bag containing the drugs. The bag may be sealed with colored tape, which in itself can serve as an identifier. This article contains a list of about 400 separate heroin labels, gathered through nearly 2,000 observations or reported instances of heroin labeling. Heroin labels often indicate the potency of that particular sample. The potency of street heroin may depend on dealer discretion or geographical area. Heroin users use various techniques to ensure that they buy good quality drugs: using a regular dealer, hearing news through the street grapevine, or going by brand name. Not all heroin being sold in New York City is labeled; the practice originated in Central and West Harlem, and has spread throughout Manhattan and the other boroughs. 4 notes
Main Term(s): Drug law offenses
Index Term(s): Heroin; New York
Note: DCC
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