Heroin does discriminate: Data suggest poor, uneducated neighborhoods in Summit are the most ravaged by drugs

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While Bill Hardy walked to a gas station on Kenmore Boulevard with his children one day a few months ago, his son spotted a discarded object. It was a hypodermic needle, the kind used to inject heroin into the bloodstream. “Dad, what’s that?” his son asked. Hardy, a recovering drug addict with two years of sobriety, said he never saw such a thing growing up in Kenmore. Back then, he recalled, he’d go out to ride bikes with other kids at night. That’s unheard of now, he said. While almost every community across the country is struggling with an epidemic of drug addiction — ushering in the mantra “heroin doesn’t discriminate” — none are more affected than places like Kenmore. That’s because heroin and other drugs do discriminate. Poor most...

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