By Chris Arnade for The Guardian. Ithaca, New York, is home to lot of academics. Education is the bedrock of Ithaca’s economy, with two major universities operating in the town of 30,000. It has kept the unemployment rate low and made Ithaca wealthy for the region.
What Ithaca is also home to is a lot of drug users. Like much of the country, the city is suffering from a heroin epidemic. Overdoses from heroin across the region have quadrupled in the past 10 years, mirroring data across the country. You can easily buy heroin from men selling it in the streets or in bars. There are needles clustered in empty lots and there are corners where women sell sex for drugs.