Illinois Addiction Treatment

Illinois addiction treatmentDuring 2006, there were 67,392 admissions to alcohol and drug treatment centers in Illinois. There were 78,590 such treatment admissions during 2005. In 2004, there were 81,722 admissions to drug treatment programs in the state. Approximately 265,000 Illinois citizens reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year.

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Illinois Drug Addiction

Chicago is the major transportation hub and distribution center for illegal drugs throughout the Midwest due to its geographic location and multi-faceted transportation infrastructure. The majority of the investigations conducted by the Chicago Division target one of the following drug trafficking groups: Mexico-based poly-drug organizations, Colombian cocaine and heroin trafficking organizations, and Nigerian/West African groups trafficking in Southeast and Southwest Asian heroin. Chicago-based street gangs such as the Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, and Latin Kings control the distribution and retail sale of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. Most law enforcement agencies in Illinois cite the violent crime associated with gang-related drug trafficking as the most serious criminal threat to the state. Violent crime associated with street gangs, while declining in some major urban areas, is increasing in suburban and rural areas as these gangs expand their drug markets. Mexican-based Drug Trafficking Organizations are transporting methamphetamine into Illinois mostly from California and Mexico. Methamphetamine is the principle drug of concern in the rural areas of central and southern Illinois.

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Illinois Drug Information

Chicago is unique among American cities in that heroin from all four source areas-South America, Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, and to a lesser extent Mexico-is available on a consistent basis from year to year. Until recently, virtually all of the white heroin available in the Chicago area was smuggled in by Nigerian/West African criminal groups. But investigative intelligence and Domestic Monitor Program results indicate that South American heroin availability has become more prominent. Purity levels are lower than typically observed in East Coast markets. At the retail level, heroin is distributed at numerous open-air drug markets, predominantly on the west side of the city, that are controlled by street gangs, such as the Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords.

The diversion of legitimate pharmaceuticals is a significant problem in Illinois. The problem of purchasing pharmaceuticals over the Internet has grown dramatically. Ritalin®, a controversial drug prescribed for attention deficit disorder in children, may be gaining popularity as a recreational drug for teenagers. The most commonly diverted pharmaceutical drugs continue to be those containing hydrocordone, alprazolam, and phentermine. There has also been an increase in the abuse of diazepam (valium®), especially 10 mg strength tablets. There has been a notable rise in the number of reported incidents of diversion of pseudoephedrine and, as a result, the number of investigations in this area is on the rise. There has been an increase in diversion of Canadian manufactured pseudoephedrine products being smuggled into the US, as opposed to domestically manufactured products being diverted from the regulated distribution chain. OxyContin® remains a highly abused substance in the state. With increased media attention on OxyContin® there has been a shift to an increased use and abuse of methadone. There has never been a greater need for effective drug rehabs in Illinois.

DEA Offices & Telephone Nos:
Carbondale: 618-457-3605
Chicago: 312-353-7875
Fairview Heights: 618-628-0025
Quad Cities: 309-793-5708
Rockford: 815-987-4494
Springfield: 217-241-6750

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