Ravens' John Urschel shares his love of math with Franklin High students
Topics

Dan K Morhaim

Health officials try accommodating rather than punishing heroin addicts

Health officials try accommodating rather than punishing heroin addicts

She is another harried mother, on her way to pick up her child at school on a recent afternoon but with one more errand to run — to a van parked on a Southwest Baltimore street where city health workers give out clean needles to heroin users.

The woman trades 125 used syringes for new ones, and asks for more of a drug that she's been given to revive fellow heroin addicts if they overdose. She says that her last Narcan kit was stolen.

"Look at it this way," says Derrick Hunt, the needle exchange director. "Maybe they'll use it."

That addicts would be armed with new needles and Narcan to make their heroin use as...

88°