The day the drug war really started

When Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose 25 years ago, stunned Americans demanded action -- and boy did they get it

On June 19, 1986, 25 years ago Sunday, University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias died of cocaine intoxication. Many believed the 6-foot 7, 220-pound small forward possessed a level of talent equal to that of Michael Jordan, and only two days earlier he'd been selected as the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft by the reigning champion Boston Celtics. Full Story »

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by Sydney Stuck - Apr. 15, 2014

This article really blew my mind! I had no idea that a basketball star's death was such a huge part of starting the "War on Drugs" that is still going on today. It was a sad story that intrigued me because of the basketball aspect, but then became relevent when tying into the drug war that is effecting everyone in society today. Very interesting piece.

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