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Baltimore Tries to Lose its Reputation of Heroin Addiction

Many of Baltimore’s residents are struggling with heroin addiction. The mid-Atlantic city, made famous in HBO’s hit television series The Wire, has had a reputation for heroin abuse since the 1950s. That reputation has been steadily growing, which has made Baltimore the number one city in the United States for heroin addiction. The effects of the drug trade have clearly made an impact on Baltimore, a working-class city struggling with crime and poverty. Many low-income neighborhoods are plagued with gangs, shootings, and then flooded with illegal narcotics.

Heroin addiction in Baltimore

Baltimore has a population of around 645,000 people. Of that population, approximately 60,000 are addicted to heroin. The amount of people in Baltimore suffering from drug addiction is enough to populate a small city. If you talk to people from various neighborhoods in Baltimore long enough, you are likely to meet someone who is currently in rehab for heroin abuse. The problem has gotten so out of control that the Federal Government has promised to fund a program to help keep heroin off Baltimore’s streets.

Heroin Death in Baltimore

In 2015, a total of 304 Baltimore residents died as a result of heroin overdoses. The Baltimore/Washington office of the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program predicts that the number of heroin addicts in Baltimore will rise in the following year.

Government against Drugs

Fortunately, there is hope for Baltimore and the other American cities that have been hit especially hard by drug use. The Senate, along with help from the Obama administration, is exploring new options to fight drug abuse. Drug abuse is no longer seen as a criminal activity, but rather as a disease. Rather than hand out lengthy prison sentences to drug abusers, the government is now looking at ways to rehabilitate them. The money the federal government has pledged to spend on helping Baltimore beat its heroin problem will not be used upgrade drug tasks forces and jails, but to provide the city with better treatment and education about the dangers of heroin.

Heroin Addiction