When Nat Geo’s Drugs, Inc. documentary series called Baltimore “the heroin capital of America,” that claim was roundly refuted. But that’s not to say we don’t have a major heroin problem. According to the Baltimore Sun, heroin has been the deadliest drug in the city for the past seven years, and recent estimates put the number of residents addicted to the drug at 11,000.
That’s why Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will announce a 50-some-odd-person task force today to look at the abuse of heroin (as well as other substances) in the city. On the task force’s to-do list will be to assess that 11,000 figure, research ways to better interact with neighborhoods that host methadone clinics, and to better manage treatment, among other items.
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