The recent dramatic rise in heroin overdose deaths has reached near epidemic levels in Maryland ("Overdose deaths are preventable," Aug. 29).
The commentary by Deanna Wilson, Stephanie Sparrow and Jennifer Kirschner is an important follow up to the views expressed by Sun columnist Dan Rodricks, who questioned the accuracy of the reported number of heroin addicts in Baltimore ("Heroin capital claim based on an old, bad number," Aug. 28).
Regrettably, it appears that the rest of America has caught up with Baltimore's widespread substance abuse problem. Within the past six months, my work entailed visiting anti-poverty programs in Idaho, Ohio, Missouri, Alabama, Florida, California, Wisconsin, West Virginia, South Carolina and New York. At each agency, I inquired about the level of substance abuse, especially heroin and alcohol.