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Kathleen Sebelius

Heroin Math

The figure was momentous: 20,000 people are thought to be addicted to drugs in Baltimore City, according to Rachel Indek, spokeswoman for Behavioral Health System Baltimore, the city’s quasi-public drug-treatment overseer. Buried in a Baltimore Sun story about a neighborhood’s protest against a new methadone clinic (“Planned drug treatment clinic in Harwood sparks conflict,” July 13), the 20,000 figure cried out for further exposition. It was one-third the number—60,000—formerly cited by treatment experts and politicians alike. So, have Baltimore’s increased drug treatment and other medical and mental health services really decreased the...

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