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Finding a Fix in a Pandemic: How COVID-19 is Reshaping the Seattle-Area Drug Trade

The financial hardship caused by COVID-19 is making some reconsider stepping back into risky lifestyles in order to make ends meet.

by Ardo Hersi and Paul Kiefer


Allan’s first unemployment check was worth only $94. Though he’s raising three children, his tax refund and stimulus check were taken to cover unpaid child support fees, leaving him struggling to keep his family afloat. In a bind, Allan, who asked that his name be changed in this story, decided to return to a profession he hoped he’d left behind: drug dealing.

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