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  • DRUGS INC.

  • Friday 1 December 2017 at 3:00AM
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WASHINGTON D.C. FACTS

  • Washington, DC is not a state, nor is it part of any state. It is a unique "federal district" created specifically to be the seat of government.

  • One in three children in Washington, D.C. lives in a home without enough food to eat.

  • One in five DC residents lives in poverty. That’s approximately 123,000.

  • At 52.2%The District of Columbia had the highest percentage of African-Americans among all states. 

  • In Washington DC during 2011 the average household income was 60.6%higher than the average African-American household.

  • From 2005 to 2011 lifetime marijuana use among high school students increased from 27% to 43%.

  • 28% of all arrestees tested positive for at least one drug during 2012.

  • During 2010, 2011 and 2012 more arrestees tested positive for PCP than for Methamphetamine or Opiates.

  • Sexual assault went up by 51% between 2011 and 2012.

  • Of the 88 homicides in 2012 the majority were committed with a firearm (67%) followed by knives (22%).

  • An overwhelming 92% of the 88 homicide victims were African-American.

  • The most popular museum on the planet is DC’s National Air and Space Museum, which has had 219 million visitors in its first 25 years. 

  • In DC 42% of adults aged 25 and over have at least a bachelor's degree. 

  • Compared to the 50 states, DC has the smallest differential between male and female pay.

  • The Washington Monument is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet, 5 1/8 inches.

MEMPHIS FACTS

  • There were 11 heroin deaths in Shelby County during 2010. In 2013, the number had risen to 42.

  • South American heroin averaged 33.7% purity and cost $2.11 per milligram in a 2011 sample in the city. 

  • Tennessee hospitals reported 23,001 visits for drug poisonings in 2011. 

  • Heroin Treatment Admissions in Tennessee increased 276% between 2009 and 2012.

  • Tennessee is the most dangerous state in the US.

  • Memphis is ranked the 13th most dangerous city in the US with 20 murders, 63 forcible rapes and 514 robberies per 100,000 people.

  • The violent crime rate in Memphis was higher than the national average by 281.9% in 2010.

  • As of 2012 there are 125 know gang subsets in Shelby County.

  • Over 60% of Memphis’ population is African American compared to less than 17% of Tennesseans.

  • Memphis is the most impoverished large metro area in the nation. The city’s 2012 poverty rate of 28.3% is almost double the US average of 15.9%.

  • 43.2% of African Americans under the age of 18 live in poverty.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4th 1968 while visiting the city.

  • Memphis is famous for its musical heritage and has been home to musicians such as Elvis Presley, B.B. King, and Aretha Franklin.

  • Memphis’ Beale Street was a Mecca for traveling musicians at the turn of the 20th century. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and in 1977 it was officially declared the “Home of the Blues” by an act of Congress.

  • The city is home to the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, also known as the "Super Bowl of Swine". Teams from across the country battle it out for over $110,000 in prizes.

PORTLAND FACTS

  • With a population of 603,106 Portland is the largest city in Oregon and the third largest city in the Pacific Northwest; after Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • The city is proud of its independent spirit.  The famous ‘Keep Portland Weird’ slogan appears on a downtown mural, and it is said that more than 18,000 bumper stickers with the slogan exist.

  • Portland is home to, more than 600 food carts, more breweries than any city in the world, more strip clubs than any other city in the US, the largest independent chain of bookstores in the world - Powell's City of Books.

  • On any given night there are over 4,000 people sleeping on the streets or in shelters across Portland.

  • 56 homeless people died in Multnomah County in 2012. Over a 1/3 of them had overdosed.

  • Heroin deaths are at a record high – 147 in 2012 compared to 101 in 2002.

  • Mexican heroin in Portland is 24.6% pure on average.

  • Between 2010 and 2011 the average price of heroin decreased dramatically by $2.30 per milligram pure and the average purity increased by 3.2%.

  • The number of adults admitted for heroin use in the Oregon HIDTA increased 24% between 2007 and 2011.

  • Oregon has the highest rate of opiate abuse among people under 25 than anywhere else in the country.

  • The number of meth fatalities reached 107 in 2011. This is an historic high, and more than twice the 50 deaths in 2001.

  • The violent crime rate for Portland was 33.92% higher than the national average in 2010.

  • Portland’s violent crime rate was 114.5% higher than Oregon’s in 2010.

  • The amount of heroin seized by Oregon HIDTA task forces in 2011 (101 lbs) was six times higher than the amount seized in 2006 (17 lbs).

  • Heroin related arrests in Oregon increased 70% between 2010 and 2012.

DALLAS FACTS

  • A gram of heroin can cost between $80 and $350 in Dallas.

  • 3.3% of Texas high school students have used heroin.

  • Meth seizures in Texas increased 65% between 2011 and 2012.

  • CBP seized 1,998 lbs of heroin at the Laredo Port of Entry in 2011.

  • Cocaine seizures decreased 62% at the south west border between 2011 and 2012.

  • Heroin was the primary drug of abuse for 13% of clients admitted to treatment in Texas in 2012.

  • Dallas murder rates increased 13.5% between 2010 and 2012.

  • Rape rates in Dallas went up 13.6% between 2010 and 2012.

  • 92% of Texan communities have a lower crime rate than Dallas.

  • In 2013 the total homeless population in Dallas numbered 2,972. 

  • The number of Dallas homeless youth without a parent or guardian increased to 241 in 2013.

  • The entire Statue of Liberty could fit into the Dallas Cowboys Stadium with the roof closed.

  • 7-Eleven started in Dallas and the corporation is headquartered there today.

  • The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is home to 23 of the richest Americans.

  • President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in downtown Dallas on November 22nd 1963.
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