Cocaine: Drug of the Eighties

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Middle-Class Popularity

Myths and Realities of Cocaine Use

Put the following professional football players on a field, and you have the makings of an all-star team: running backs Chuck Muncie and Charles White, linebackers Thomas (Hollywood) Henderson and Craig Puki, defensive linemen Carl Eller and Don Reese and quarterback John Reaves. You also have a group of current and former players who have undergone treatment for cocaine addiction. The list of pro football players who have acknowledged using cocaine and the number admitted to drug rehabilitation clinics have grown widely this summer. This has come about in the wake of allegations by Reese that cocaine use is rampant in the National Football League.

These developments underscore the rapidly rising popularity of cocaine, not only in professional athletics, ...

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