Illustration by Peter Green Design

Today, drugs permeate nearly every level of society and affect the lives of millions, including both those who use drugs and those who do not. We are bombarded daily with statistics documenting the damage done and the lives lost to drug abuse, but there seem to be no simple answers. Law enforcement has one view, politicians another, teachers and parents still another.

In this issue of Freedom, we examine the face of drugs in Los Angeles, a city where drug use and abuse impacts all social strata, from Beverly Hills movers and shakers to South Central dealers and hustlers. It is also a metropolis where dedicated men, women and groups are battling the drug problem in a myriad of ways. And they are indeed making progress, as you will read in our cover story.

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