Drugs, Social Problems

In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing

The rise of the more potent fentanyl in its place has put a generation of older users, who had managed their addiction, at far greater risk of overdose.

William Glen Miller Sr. has been using heroin since he was 13 years old. He lost one leg to a heroin-related infection and now lives in a nursing home in Baltimore.

By Abby Goodnough

May 18, 2019

BALTIMORE — Heroin has ravaged this city since the early 1960s, fueling desperation and crime that remain endemic in many neighborhoods. But lately, despite heroin’s long, deep history here, users say it has become nearly impossible to find.