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From Corner to Cul-de-sac: Mapping the new approach to the heroin crisis

From Corner to Cul-de-sac: Mapping the new approach to the heroin crisis

It was early December and Baltimore was bracing for the first verdict in the Freddie Gray case.

Along Pennsylvania Avenue street dealers chirped out "CB4," likely the name of the heroin mix on the street that week. Others yelled out "loosie," slang for individual untaxed cigarettes, the kind Eric Garner sold illegally prior to being choked to death by New York City cops.

In broad daylight, men—some teenagers, some in their twenties, some much older—sold contraband. Not a cop in sight. Not a glare from the squares in the neighborhood, the ones that don't sell dope, nor get high. Slanging drugs on Pennsylvania Avenue, which cuts...

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