All over the world there are around 13.5 million people who use drugs every day.
Those are the people who are completely consumed in their habit and are unable to lead normal lives and contribute to their society. Around 68% of those drug users choose heroin for their fix which makes it a leading drug in the word of narcotics.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that over the last 3 decades, there has been a 20-30 percent increase in the production of heroin. Drugs affect U.S. cities greatly as well and are the causers of higher crime rates and the downfall of society.
Here are the top 5 U.S. cities which are being overflowed by drugs.
1. Rutland, VT
Vermont was sometimes a normal and peaceful state with cities and towns free of crime. This is why nobody would ever link it with drug violence and gangs, but the truth is that this kind of crime began to rule Rutland, one of Vermont’s cities.
Since 2009, the situation in Rutland has been getting worse, and more and more people are abusing heroin and prescription narcotics.
Most of these drugs come from East Coast cities, or those in western Massachusetts, but a good amount also comes from Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago. Rutland has become a fertile soil for criminals from out of state who moved here to improve their business. And of course, where there are drugs, there is violence caused by either gangs or drug users looking for a way to gather a few bucks for another fix.
2. Charleston, WV
The entire state of West Virginia is struggling with a drug epidemic where the biggest problem is heroin. In 2012, the number of deaths due to drug abuse was three times higher than five years ago, according to the data released by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Health Statistics Center, and the numbers keep growing. Even those who are expected to be clean use drugs, and even Mayor Danny Jones’ son has been arrested several times for possession of illegal substances. This is how much drugs are affecting every part of society.
3. Philadelphia, PA
Most of the heroin used in Philadelphia is cheap and strong, and this may be the reason more people started using it which led to more deaths by overdose. In 2012 more people died from overdose than by gun shots. Many heroin addicts started with prescription drugs and gradually switched to the more powerful and deadly drug. Deaths caused by abuse of prescription drugs are still happening as well as heroin overdose deaths.
4. Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque is a city famous for the number of people who are meth addicts, and this has also been portrayed in the hit TV series Breaking Bad. But the problem with meth isn’t the only drug problem, as a large number of people have become addicted to heroin brought to Albuquerque by drug traffickers from Mexico. It seems that this city may have more drug users than sober people.
5. Baltimore, MD
Baltimore could easily be called ‘The Heroin City”. This is one of the U.S. heroin capitals, according to Drug Enforcement Agency’s report from 2000, and it has been struggling with this drug for many years now. These reports showed that Baltimore had the highest rates for heroin use per capita in the entire U.S.
The updated report from 2009 showed that this city has around 60,000 addicted residents.
Since there are so many addicts who are unable or unwilling to kick the habit, the city’s population is in decline and it is just a matter of time when these disasters (and every life lost to drugs is a disaster) will completely take over.