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Elizabethtown

Sadly, this couple is in the right place to sell their crack cocaine and heroin. Elizabethtown, county seat of Bladen County, one of the poorest counties in the state, has a complacent attitude toward poverty. Elizabethtown's leadership will not allow any businesses to come in that would "compete with the town's own established family businesses."

Bladen County is a wretched backwater, and half the population feels a sense of hopelessness about their futures. The county is doing nothing to recruit industry and business.

The poor get poorer, and the rich--yes, there are a few rich people in Bladen--get richer and more callous.

Young people from poor families, with few skills and no opportunities, turn to drugs to make their lives tolerable.

Bladen County is truly a miserable place to live, and its leadership seems determined to make sure Bladen's poor citizens continue to experience nothing but misery and hopelessness.

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