Baltimore’s well-known illegal drug industry, which City Paper examined in 2008, has a flip side—the mostly federally-funded $50-million-per-year drug treatment industry. Because city leaders have for decades spoken of the need to better serve the city’s (seemingly never diminished) 60,000 substance abusers while wrapping pleas for more public funding in the slogan “treatment works,” we decided to examine drug treatment as a business and ask how well it actually does work—and for whom. A series by Edward Ericson Jr.
PART 1: Cleaning Up: Federal money is expanding drug treatment in Baltimore--and causing providers headaches. 06/22/2010
PART 2: Old Habits: Medicalization is the hot new thing in drug treatment. Just like in 1970. 07/27/2010
PART 3: "We Are Not In the Housing Business": Baltimore's recovering addicts need a clean, affordable, safe place to live. Somebody's making money on it--but don't ask who, or how. 9/29/2010
PART 4: "Waiting for the Plan": As more money flows into drug treatment centers and the number of addicts rises, Baltimore can't determine which programs actually work. 11/10/2010
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