In recent years, fatal drug overdoses have skyrocketed across the United States. Of all the major American cities where the opioid crisis has unfolded, Baltimore stands apart. It has one of the highest drug overdose rates in the country, and one that disproportionately affects older Black men. Yet the issue of drug addiction — and its causes — receive little public attention compared with other issues in the city, such as gun violence.

Do you have firsthand experience with drug overdoses, addiction or recovery? Or do you work in a field that brings you face-to-face with the opioid epidemic? Reporters from The Baltimore Banner and The New York Times are writing about the opioid epidemic in the city and would like to hear from people who have firsthand experience with the crisis and the toll it has taken on the community.

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