The National Geographic Channel’s next episode of Drugs, Inc. will focus on Baltimore, “the heroin capital of America,” where “everyone on street [sic] is on the hustle.” It’s called “The High Wire,” and, yeah, it’s not about circus performers.
According to the Baltimore Sun‘s TV critic David Zurawik, the one-hour episode “is filled with unnamed men in masks sitting behind bags full of dope and tables filled with guns, pills and money saying things like, ‘Life is definitely cheap in Baltimore … somebody kill you for free.’”
“The High Wire” highlights Lexington Market, not for its incredible selection of food, but for being (along with Pennsylvania Avenue) “the heart of Baltimore’s drug trade.” And it presents one junkie’s testimonial: Baltimore “is where you want to be for heroin.”
I guess, technically, it’s an endorsement, but I don’t expect the city tourism board will be adding “heroin” to their list of “Things to Do in Baltimore” anytime soon.
Drugs, Inc. “The High Wire” will air Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel.