The Needle and the Damage Done

The Needle and the Damage Done

I’ve seen the needle and the damage doneA little part of it in everyoneBut every junkie’s like a settin’ sun.”  — Neil Young Morphine may have been legal in 1910, but it wasn’t being distributed for free. If you were an addict, you’d...
Scandal at Highland Asylum for the Insane

Scandal at Highland Asylum for the Insane

Second and Spring Streets, ca. 1920 Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library Photo CollectionF.E. Howard would have plied his trade as a druggist at Dean’s Drugstore on 2nd and Spring Street in relative anonymity if it weren’t for the outcry raised by nurses at his former...
Drug Ring Agent Caught with the Goods on Main Street

Drug Ring Agent Caught with the Goods on Main Street

Smuggling drugs into Los Angeles, then and now, is a risky profession. Ask Main street resident, Charles Whittaker, whom police busted for dealing morphine and other narcotics in April 1919. Police Detectives Canto, Vernand, Winn and O’Brien caught Whittaker with a...