Crime & Justice

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By Scott Beyer

When NBC news announced last year that heroin use was on the rise nationally, it may have surprised those who considered the drug a relic of the Beatnik era. But it didn’t surprise residents in Baltimore, where struggles with it have earned the city, amongst other unflattering nicknames, that of the nation’s “heroin capital.”

This title was validated in 2000 by the Drug Enforcement Agency, when it determined that Baltimore had the highest per capita rates for heroin use in America. And it was updated by a 2009 report claiming that addicts in the city numbered roughly 60,000—or a staggering 10% of residents. Continue reading…