Security guard stabbed in the hand at South End pharmacy

Shortly after 9:40 p.m. at the Walgreens at 1603 Washington St., at West Concord. Police are looking for three suspects: Two white men and a white woman, all in their 30s.

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That pharmacy has been a problem for years.

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Tons of drugged out scammers and ne'er-do-wells prowling around, shoplifting, etc. Here's to a speedy recovery for the security guard. That's a tough job and the guys there handle it well.

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The nearby Franklin Square Park is a mess:

opioid addicts nodding off on benches, clusters of folks drinking and drugging at all hours of the day and night, discarded needles everywhere. A stark contrast with Blackstone Square Park right across the street, all dog-walkers and families with little kids playing without a care in the world. I walk around that neighborhood often, but I skirt Franklin Square Park if it's busy.

I've lived in the South End for most of 15 years, and that park has always been one of the shadier spots in the neighborhood, the only place where I've routinely been offered weed for sale in public, but it seems a lot worse lately in the wake of the opioid epidemic. Surprised that the adjacent owners of expensive condos and rentals haven't squawked about it to the city more. It feels like a vestige of the scary, crime-ridden old South End of 25 years ago, where upon leaving a house party at 3am, my buddies and I literally ran our way (okay, drunkenly jogged while humming the Chariots of Fire theme for morale purposes -- we were callow track-and-field geeks -- did I mention we were smashed?) to safer environs.

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Drunks in condos...

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... look down on addicts on benches. What else is new?

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The Silver Lie

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The Silver Line bus stops along Washington streets have become party central for druggies and drunks after midnight.

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