The rate of hospital employees intentionally injured on the job at the hands of another person is significantly higher than the rate across all private industries. “Just going into work is a high-risk endeavor,” said Lisa Wolf of the Emergency Nurses Association.
Still, the outlook is grim. Rioters in 2015 targeted pharmacies, whose copious supply of opiates flooded the market, fueling competition among vicious gangs that vie for control of the business and have no compunction about settling turf wars with bullets.
Murder in New Orleans is worse per capita than it is in Chicago, and statistics from the first two months of the year suggest 2017 will be bloodier than 2016. Crime expert Jeff Asher offers some remedies.
With the city on pace for its deadliest year ever, the Baltimore Sun reached out to more than two dozen people who live and work in the city, including community members, business executives, faith leaders, elected officials, police officers and others. Many said they see the city in crisis, with no clear path forward.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions believes that more-aggressive prosecution of drug cases will help reduce crime. Some research indicates that arresting drug dealers can destabilize a criminal ecosystem and produce more violence.
“We want to get in touch with these kids and let them know they don’t need to carry guns,” said police spokeswoman Rachel McGuire. “We want to get to the root of the problem and show them they have other options other than the street life.”
Baltimore’s homicide rate exceeds those in New Orleans and Chicago, two places that have become national symbols of gun violence. The Washington Post tells the story of a 10-month-old child found in the car of one victim.