Documentary Spotlights Heroin Epidemic in Harford County and Baltimore City

A National Geographic channel documentary, “Drugs Inc.: The High Life” aired last week and highlighted the effects of the drug epidemic in Harford County and Baltimore City. As reported in The Baltimore Sun:

No longer are prescription pills the drug of choice in Harford County. It’s heroin, and it’s dangerous, Harford’s top drug enforcement officers say.

“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 hopefully will be on the decline, Dunbar said.

The documentary helps illustrates what was once thought of as a “city issue” really impacts all parts of the state and extends beyond geographical borders:

But 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 film.

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.

As reported in the article, the documentary filmmakers followed the Harford County Task Force as they tracked down “commuter dealers.”

The documentary was criticized in part by Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik and WYPR’s Dan Rodricks  for the portrayal of Baltimore City and the use of a disputed figure of “60,000 addicts” populating the city.

For more information read the full articles in The Baltimore Sun:

Harford Heroin Epidemic Gets National Attention

National Geographic Depicts Baltimore as ‘Heroin Capital of America’

‘Heroin Capital’ Claim Based on an Old, Bad Number