National Geographic Channel aired an hour-long documentary last night on Portland's burgeoning drug trade. Oh, and for those who believe light rail is a wonderful, "21st-century transit" mode: you're right; the heroin traffickers love the free rides.
Portland's illegal drug industry has exploded making it THE heroin capital of America.
Portland attracts a large number of homeless youth to its city each year, in search of social services and cheap, potent drugs.
Portland's progressive attitudes have made it a mecca for America's homeless and they're helping fund the deadliest drug market in the Pacific Northwest. Here, pushers prey on the young, handing them free sample bags of narcotics to turn them into new customers. With thousands of Portland's youths succumbing to heroin's powerful allure, local police have made it their No. 1 priority to disrupt the flow into the city by smashing the local distribution networks.
The show airs again on July 30 at 8 p.m. ET on the National Geographic Channel.