Words at Play : Top 10 Words of the '80s

#5: Crack

One theory is that its name comes from the crackling noise produced when it's heated, but it also suggests an impact on people's lives.

Crack became a major issue in the 1980s.

As the New York Times reported,

"Attorney General Edwin Meese 3d [said] today that the use of crack, a highly addictive form of cocaine, appeared to be a 'crisis of epidemic proportions in some areas' and urged creation of 24 special crack task forces around the country." — Philip Shenon, October 3, 1986

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