Thanks to HBO’s The Wire, Baltimore’s drug problem is a part of the national conscience. Why it’s so bad here, though, is the subject of much debate and controversy. Whether it’s easy entry through the I-95 corridor, our busy Port of Baltimore, the proximity of Washington, Philadelphia, and other major East Coast cities, or some other reason . . . all may play a role.
Nor is the problem confined to low-income or minority neighborhoods, as many people wrongly assume. In truth, addiction does not know or care about a person’s race, culture, faith, neighborhood, education, vocation, financial status – none of those protect against addiction.
Chronic homelessness, poverty, neighborhood blight, and broken families are only a few of the most visible effects of this modern-day epidemic.