Not sure if this old story about a hoax story is even true. In my limited investigation of the other big Washington Post story of years earlier, ie. Watergate, I’m fairly sure it was a hoax used to change the actor in chief (willingly or otherwise).
The article that appeared in the Washington Post on September 29, 1980 told a heartwrenching tale. It detailed the life of ‘Jimmy,’ a young boy who had apparently become a victim of the thriving heroin trade that was devestating the low-income neighborhoods of Washington D.C.