This book discusses how crack is made and used, why it is so dangerous, and how it can be eliminated. Includes sources and an index.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6 Up Introduced by the account of Len Bias' death in June, 1986, followed by Don Rogers' similar demise one week later, Berger explores the potentially lethal and highly addictive drug, crack (a very pure crystalized form of cocaine, which is smoked). Berger profiles the user, explains the dangers of crack use and addiction, discusses the manufacture and sale of the drug, and describes efforts to treat addicts and end the crack trade. While the book is not as visually interesting as David Browne's Crack and Cocaine (Watts, 1987), the coverage is much more comprehensive. The book is generously illustrated with black-and-white photographs. A glossary and list of suggestions for further reading or help organizations, as well as the index, increase the book's usefulness to adolescent readers. Sue Diehl, Robertsville Junior High School, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Jeanne TrinerLevitin's revision of Berger's 1987 book has a modernized layout, better cropping of the same photos, and an updated list of books for further reading. Other than that, it doesn't have much that is new to say; the emphasis is still on educating teens about the dangers of crack to users, its cost to society, and its ability to claim innocent victims, such as crack babies. The picture is a bleak one--not much has changed since 1987, except we can no longer call crack "the new drug epidemic." There's a lot of good information presented in an easy-to-read anecdotal format. Libraries that have the earlier edition probably don't need the new one; those that don't have it should add this to their collection.
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