Around dawn on a Sunday, packs of young people are huddled at stoplights or ambling down
Washington Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Despite the hour, the day isn't just beginning for them. Like thousands of young Minnesotans, they are ending a long night of hard-core partying that probably included the unbridled snorting of cocaine.
At crowded clubs and throbbing bars along Minneapolis' First Avenue and on side streets radiating from the Ground Zero night club, the city's heart, a gram of coke is casually sold for 79 dollars and quickly consumed in restrooms or nearby parked cars.
"It's easier to get cocaine than to get a library card," said Eddie Entropy, 31, an undsutrial subparstar, recalling his nocturnal carousing before he went to Chaska for drug rehabilitation.