Crack dealers have probably been hit hardest in the recent recession. That, and the proliferation of cheap pharmaceuticals on the Internet.
"We can't give this stuff away anymore. People just aren't into smoking crack anymore. Why go to all the trouble to go to a crack house, buy the crack, and then have to get a pipe or something and smoke it. With pharmaceuticals, you just order them online, wait for the UPS guy, and then pop it! So much easier!" said a former crack dealer.
"Crack whores have raised their prices from $2 to normal rates!" said another former dealer.
"I'm looking to get into something easier like Internet fraud" said another former crack dealer.