Heroin Epidemic In Suburban Maryland Gets National Geographic TV Treatment


No longer are prescription pills the drug of choice in Harford County, Md. It’s heroin, and it’s dangerous, Harford’s top drug enforcement officers say, the Baltimore Sun reports. “The heroin problem is bad. It is epidemic and that’s the way we’re treating it,” Capt. Lee Dunbar, of the Harford County Task Force, said. With Harford approaching two years of increasing heroin overdoses and deaths, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel, however, because the numbers are starting to level out and may be on the decline. Harford’s heroin problem got national attention last week when the National Geographic Channel featured Baltimore’s heroin problem on one of its episodes of “Drugs Inc.: The High Life.”

The show called Baltimore, with an estimated 60,000 drug addicts, “the heroin capital of America,” though the accuracy of the number has been disputed. As Sun TV critic David Zurawik noted after previewing the documentary, it’s a number that has never been confirmed. The dealers who are making money hand over fist selling heroin in Baltimore are branching out into wealthier suburban counties like Harford, where they can make more money, according to the National Geographic. Heroin that can be sold in the city for $10 to $20 can be sold for $50 to $100 in the county, according to a Baltimore drug kingpin in the TV show, who says the risk is greater, but so is the reward. “I’m gonna take my chances out there,” the drug kingpin says.

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