The opiod epidemic is more of an issue that I realized
In DC it's not so bad, and not all that visible in most parts of the city. But I happened to be reading the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer, and columnist Mike Newall wrote about his experience giving Narcan to an overdose victim in the Kensington neighborhood ("On Kensington Avenue, strangers with Narcan").
In the course of the article, where he mentioned how the city has gotten agencies on the same page in terms of responding to the problem, and has "deputized" the community, including addicts, by widely distributing the overdose revival drug Narcan, aiming to reduce overdose deaths, he mentioned that:
The City of Philadelphia projects that there will be 1,250 drug overdose deaths in 2017, most due to opiods.
That's 10 times DC's murder rate and drug overdose rate, and 4.5 times Philadelphia's 2016 number of homicides. Philadelphia has about 2.5 times the population of DC -- 1.57 million to 681,000.
Which puts the problem in perspective.