Crack, heroin, and race. When crack was an epidemic and devastating communities of color in the 1980s, the official response was tougher sentences and draconian mass incarceration. Now that heroin is devastating white families, the official response has been to treat it as a crisis of public health, not criminal justice. Is there any reason to think that race is not a reason authorities are coming to their senses? A TMP analysis, published in conjunction with The Atlantic.