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Drug Addiction Articles – Illinois News
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Illinois Drug Information
Marijuana is the most widely available and used illicit drug in Illinois. Drug abuse rehabs in Illinois consider marijuana to be the major gateway drug in the state. Prescription drug abuse, however, has become Illinois’s number two gateway drug. Many drug rehabs have as their clients Illinois residents who first started using pot before going on to harder street drugs.
Methamphetamine is the principal drug of concern in the rural areas of central and southern Illinois; although there is increasing evidence that methamphetamine is being distributed in the Chicago area.
The diversion of legitimate pharmaceuticals is a significant problem in Illinois. The most commonly diverted pharmaceutical drugs continue to be those containing hydrocodone, alprazolam and phentermine. There has been a notable increase in the number of reported incidents of diverted pseudoephedrine. OxyContin remains a highly abused substance in the state, although with increased media attention on OxyContin there has been a shift to an increased abuse of methadone.
Crack cocaine abuse is the most serious drug problem in Illinois, particularly in Chicago and other urban areas. Treatment admissions for cocaine abuse more than doubled in Illinois since 1990, according to the Illinois Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. Many Illinois residents have admitted getting hooked on crack cocaine after one hit. Illinois authorities attribute many crimes committed in the state to crack cocaine abuse. Crack cocaine abusers will do anything to get their next fix, including perpetrating violent crimes. Illinois residents dependent on crack cocaine have been known to even commit suicide when unable to get their next high.
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According to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 780,000 Illinois citizens over the age of 12 reported past month use of an illicit drug.
Additional survey results indicate that 294,000 Illinois citizens reported illicit drug dependence or abuse within the past year. Approximately 199,000 reported past year illicit drug dependence.
During 2006, there were 67,392 drug/alcohol treatment admissions in Illinois. During 2005, there were 78,590 such treatment admissions in the state. During 2004, there were 81,722 treatment admissions in Illinois.
However, approximately 265,000 Illinois citizens reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year.
According to the Greenfield Reporter, an investigation into crack and marijuana trafficking has resulted in 16 suspects receiving drug-related charges. The announcement came April 6th, 2011 after the FBI led raids into Bloomington and the city of Normal, in central Illinois. It is thought that these people were involved in an operation attempting to smuggle drugs from Chicago.