Has pot legalization contributed to heroin epidemic?

Posted at 6:33 PM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 18:33:03-04

The heroin epidemic has hit home in the past year, and it's not getting much better. By May, Harford County already had more heroin overdose deaths this year than all of 2015.

Many are asking, why has the epidemic gotten so bad so quickly?

In an Esquire Magazine article, Don Winslow suggested it's because we are legalizing marijuana. Winslow has written about the war on drugs for two decades and he believes when states started to legalize pot, the street value of the drug plummeted.

Winslow wrote that marijuana had been a cash cow for the Mexican drug cartels, so they turned to heroin production to boost profits. That flooded the U.S. with a cheaper, more potent form of the drug.

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