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The heroin addict next door

It's not just a big city problem anymore
  • Much like real estate agents and Uber car drivers, drug dealers can work anywhere, and there is always business somewhere.
  • There is a heroin epidemic in the Chicago area and in other places all over the country. The drug is coming from Mexico and has made its way into the middle-class suburbs.
  • It doesn't matter how much money you make or how nice your house is. It isn't possible to make the problem go away by purchasing the right real estate or by living in the best school district. Heroin isn't just a big city problem.

Where we live is vital. My clients often ask about crime rates. They want to live in safe neighborhoods, and if they have children or plan to have children, they want to live in the neighborhood with the best school districts. My nephew David lived in an affluent suburb of Chicago that was chosen by his parents because of the excellent school district and low crime rates. He was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout, and my brother was a Scout leader. But technology has made business easier for everyone, even heroin dealers. They sell the deadly drug with mobile phones and car-to-car transactions. The deals can take place in mall parking lots, at gas stations and in suburbs. Dealers will come to you; it's what's known as the pizza-delivery business model. Much like real estate agents and Uber car drivers, they can work anywhere, and there is always business somewhere. Chicago at dusk image via Shutterstock. My nephew had play dates and lessons and played on teams. His parents...