In the city many readers call home, where they ride the light rail to the stadium on Sundays, and cheer for their favorite sports teams, is also the heroin capital of the United States. Baltimore, Maryland is known nationally as “a drug-infested wasteland of vacant row-houses, lost lives, and dead bodies,” according to an article in the Baltimore Sun. Heroin growth has spread throughout the city and even reached some counties. The history of heroin in Baltimore dates back to the early 1950’s.
Inside the Charm City, 1 of every 10 people is addicted to heroin. That equals to roughly 60,000 people. Tom Carr, the director of the HIDIA, said that drugs in Baltimore are “accepted by all too many people down there as something that’s normal behavior.”
Heroin, also known as smack, can be snorted, smoked, and injected. Injection is the most severe because it reaches the bloodstream immediately. Depending on how strong the heroin is, it can cost from $100-$200 per gram.
As well as an addict hot-spot, the city is also a distribution hot-spot. Baltimore is one of the top distributors from South America, specifically Colombia. Colombia has also been known to have the best and most expensive heroin. The heroin from Colombia, although it is very high quality, is mixed with other drugs.
When this heroin gets mixed, it is very dangerous. Since September 2013, 37 Marylanders have died because of heroin overdoses. The common users do not know that it is mixed with other drugs, so they use the same amount as they usually would. Using this amount many times results in fatalities.
The drug use in Baltimore is not expected to slow down anytime soon. On the contrary, it is only expected to rise. Dealers are now expanding their profits to all of the surrounding counties. Residents of Harford County are some of the main buyers. In 2013, there were 22 deaths in Harford county because of heroin overdoses.
Most, if not all, heroin users hate there habit. An addict named Wanda in Baltimore says trying smack is the equivalent to suicide, according abcnews.com.
Baltimore is now ranked number one in the U.S. for heroin use and number six in the entire world. The heroin rate continues to rise and continues to become more dangerous because of the mixed drugs. The heroin deaths in the past two years have more than doubled within the United States. Heroin is starting to take the place of other drugs and spread across the nation uncontrollably.
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