The Most Drug Infested Cities In The United States
It is not surprising that there is a name for these cities. Drug capitals of America are what they are known as and for a good reason. Illicit drug dependency and abuse are exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and health care, this is according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which is the primary source of information on the prevalence and consequences of drug use and abuse across the United States.
Drug use in the United States, especially that of marijuana by Americans aged 12 or older has been on the rise since 2013, and substance abuse statistics by city show that states such as Maryland, Louisiana, Ohio, California, New Mexico, and Washington, D.C are among the worst hit in the country.
With a population of about 10,138 citizens, a small city like Española in rural Rio Arriba County, New Mexico suffers from a confounding heroin problem for a pastoral region. The spread of heroin and cocaine and a series of drug-related crimes in Española has echoed through this community on a biblical plague scale.
In a County, where one in five residents lives in poverty, New Mexico has been nationally recognized as a drug-ridden city and all efforts to help those severely addicted to drugs have been challenging to say the least, due to a failure to focus on prevention, a lack of resources not to mention the unexpected rise in prescription drug sales.
Baltimore has reported dramatic increases in drug-related overdoses, heroin being the primary drug problem, which is what has brought this epidemic to the forefront. Baltimore has a population of 620,961 making it the biggest city in Maryland and experts estimate that heroin traffickers make at least $165 million each year from an estimated 48,000 heroin drug users, which, as would be expected, has had a profound effect on the cities workforce and communities as a whole. As of 2015, heroin-related deaths in Maryland have also risen from 534 people to 918 making it the highest death toll rate in the state in more than a decade, in part due to the fact that not only is heroin a cheap drug but it’s also one that can be easily obtained.
According to a 2015 report by a national addiction recovery center, the most prevalent substances that pose significant threats in New Orleans, Louisiana are cocaine, heroin, and Fentanyl, which are alarmingly affordable and available because not only does Louisiana possess air and sea routes that are lucrative to drug traffickers, but the lack of public education initiatives and substance abuse care programs that help people stay sober and recover from addiction only worsen this issue.
As the designer opioids continue to infiltrate the local drug scene and addiction consuming the lives of more than 23 million Americans, this is definitely a public health emergency that needs a comprehensive approach to drugs and recovery.