During the mid-1980s, large cities across the United States were introduced to an unusual accessibility to cocaine being imported into Miami and distributed across the country. This less pure product, which was cheap, easy to make, and would provide a high to consumers would be known as crack. The crack epidemic would be partially responsible for Detroit’s downfall.
As the economy was taking a downturn, houses became abandoned and became refuge for drug users and would be known as crack houses. The large drug trade would create tensions between Detroiters, specifically within black communities, and would result in violence.