New York has always been America's heroin capital—and the drug spread along with the rise in inequality of the 1920s, in another parallel between this century and the last.
The epidemic of heroin addiction in the United States has now reached enormous proportions. President Donald Trump has already announced that the U.S. should impose the death penalty for drug dealers. However, the main culprits of the growth of drug addiction are large pharmaceutical corporations and doctors who are prescribing opioids in an irresponsible manner. People addicted to opioid drugs, often switch to cheaper "street" drugs, including heroin and their synthetic analogues.