Drug Research

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 city’s addicted...