The heroin trade in Baltimore has flourished for decades. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency states that Baltimore has the highest per capita heroin addiction rate in the country. It's also been reported that there were 303 overdose deaths in Baltimore during 2014. I still remember the first time I sold a bag of "boy" in West Baltimore. I was just a 17-year-old kid living in poverty, but with dreams of being rich someday. I had very little direction and lots of bad energy. The product I sold was raw and uncut, and it had the impact of a nuclear bomb. I was mesmerized by the power of the narcotics business and its profits. The reaction of the addict who injected the deadly mix was remarkable to this young teenage kid, then things got scary fast. The guy who purchased my first package overdosed, and suddenly he was out cold laying on the floor unconscious. His body was seized by the strength of the illegal opiate. Fortunately, several others came to his rescue and revived the poor man who could have died; lucky for him — and lucky for me.