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According to the latest government statistics, drug addiction is increasingly becoming a notable problem in Illinois, which is creating the need for more quality drug rehab facilities in the state. A quality Illinois drug rehab can help an individual with a substance abuse problem to overcome drug addiction. One of the reasons that the state of Illinois has such a tremendous drug addiction problem is because the state is a national transportation hub and a distribution center for illicit drugs. The ultimate goal in the treatment of drug addiction is long term abstinence, and choosing the best drug rehab program can be the most important step to reaching that goal.

Choosing a drug rehab center for your drug addiction can be a complicated process, with so many available options that exist in Illinois. There are inpatient, outpatient, short term and long term drug rehabs in Illinois. In an outpatient Illinois drug rehab, the individual that is being treated for drug addiction usually visits the treatment center at various intervals for a specific number of hours. Many addicts choose this type of local drug treatment in order to remain close to home, but often times this plan can prove to be ineffective. Very few addicts can benefit long term from such a limited level of drug rehabilitation. In a residential drug rehab facility, the individual resides at the Illinois treatment center. The person can receive an intense level of treatment and support that is available 24 hours a day. Studies that have been done by the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) have indicated that long term residential drug rehabilitation that last at least 90 days has proven to be the most effective type of treatment programs for the ultimate success in treating drug addiction. Knowing which type of drug rehab to choose is easier when the individual that is seeking drug treatment has a sufficient amount of support and guidance from a substance abuse specialist.

The negative effects of drug addiction can be devastating for loved ones that are connected to the person with the problem. Drug addiction can create havoc in relationships and at the workplace and can have a negative impact on the individual's health. If an individual does not seek drug rehabilitation in the beginning stages, many times they are taking the risk of losing almost everything, including their lives, as in the case of a deadly overdose. The only way that an individual with a drug addiction can avoid these catastrophic losses, is to commit to an Illinois drug rehab program for the best possible chance at success in finally overcoming their substance abuse problem. In order for the drug rehab counselor to effectively design a treatment program that is best suited to the individual, the person must first answer important questions concerning their drug addiction during the initial assessment which generally takes place during the first call to the Illinois treatment center. It is important to have a sense of urgency when choosing a drug treatment program; many times an addict will begin to minimize their substance abuse problem, if they are given a period of time to contemplate their decision. In relation to a drug addiction, procrastination can have devastating consequences.


  • The number of drug arrests in the state of Illinois during 2006, was 112,368, according to the most recent government statistics.
  • In the state of Illinois, the illicit drug that is used the most and is most easily accessed is marijuana.
  • Methamphetamine is the principal drug of concern in the rural areas of Illinois; although there is an increasing amount of evidence that meth is also being distributed in the city of Chicago.
  • In the state of Illinois, the diversion of pharmaceutical drugs is becoming an increasingly significant problem.
  • The most commonly diverted pharmaceutical drugs in Illinois are Vicodin, Xanax, and drugs that contain phentermine. There has also been a huge increase in the number of reported incidents of pseudoephedrine being diverted in the state.
  • There is a notable increase in the use of Methadone in the state of Illinois as a direct result of the increased media attention on OxyContin in the media recently.
  • In the state of Illinois, the latest government data has reported that past month illicit drug use for individuals that are over the age of 12 is 7.49%.
  • According to the same government statistics, approximately 290,000 citizens in the state of Illinois have reported illicit drug abuse or dependence in the last year.
  • According to 2004-2005 NSDUH data, over 100,000 of the individuals in Illinois that are over the age of 12 years old have reported using an illicit drug in the last month.
  • Illinois students that were surveyed during 2006, over 14% of 8th graders, 29.1% of 10th graders and 35.8% of 12th graders have reported using marijuana within the past year.
  • Drug trafficking organizations that are based in Mexico transport the highest quantities of cocaine into the state of Illinois on a regular basis.
  • In Illinois, heroin is often distributed at the numerous open-air drug markets that are predominantly controlled by street gangs.
  • According to the Domestic Monitor Program in Illinois, the purity of the heroin that is sold on the streets of Chicago been up to 25% consistently every year for the past several years, which is indicative of a steady supply of high-quality heroin.
  • The state of Illinois is the main point for the flow of drugs into the Great Lakes Region and the Midwest, with Chicago being the major hub for both shipment and delivery of illicit cargo.

If you need professional assistance concerning a drug or alcohol addiction problem, Contact an Illinois drug rehab facility without delay to start moving towards the solution.

Illinois Drug Information and Drug Trafficking

Chicago, Illinois is the major drug trafficking hub and distribution center for illegal drugs throughout the Midwest due to its geographic location and multi-faceted transportation infrastructure. Commercial trucks, passenger vehicles, package delivery services, air packages or couriers, and railways are the most common means traffickers use to transport drugs into Chicago. 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.

In Illinois, Chicago-based street gangs such as the Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, and Latin Kings control the drug trafficking, 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.

In Illinois, Mexico-based drug trafficking organizations transport metric-ton quantities of cocaine from the southwest border to the Chicago Field Division on a regular basis. In 2004, a large cocaine trafficking organization based in Mexico and with a large Chicago presence was dismantled as part of Operation Money Clip. The Chicago prong of the investigation resulted in seizures of nearly 140 kilograms of cocaine, a kilogram of heroin, nearly three tons of marijuana and more than $350,000.

Brokers will arrange the transportation at the southwest border and then travel to the Chicago area to oversee the delivery to local cells. Colombian organizations have provided as much as half of the bulk cocaine loads to the brokers as payment in lieu of cash. In Chicago, the drugs are consigned to local cells for distribution. In addition, the Chicago area serves as a distribution hub, supplying other cities throughout the Midwest and as Far East as New York City.

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), there were more estimated cocaine-related emergency department mentions in Chicago than any other city monitored by the program for the 3rd year in a row. Cocaine-related deaths in Chicago were the most predominant in 2002, surpassing heroin-related deaths.

A drug information fact unique to Chicago, Illinois verse other American cities is 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 over the past few years.

Increased competition amongst these groups has led directly to higher purity levels, lower prices, and widespread availability of the drug. 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. Street gangs such as the Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, and Mickey Cobras control the distribution and retail sales heroin throughout the city. Rival gangs have multiple sources of supply for heroin, which contributes to heroin availability.

According to the Domestic Monitor Program, the purity of heroin sold on the streets of Chicago has averaged between 20 and 25 percent every year for the past six years, indicative of a steady supply of high-quality heroin. Heroin use is at alarming levels in Chicago, with DAWN reporting that for the fifth consecutive year, there were more estimated heroin-related emergency department mentions in Chicago during 2002 than in any other U.S. city.

Illinois is faced with a two-pronged methamphetamine problem. First, large quantities of meth produced by Mexico-based Drug Trafficking Organizations are transported to the state. Mexican drug trafficking organizations transport methamphetamine into Illinois mostly from California and Mexico. They use the same distribution channels used for other drugs. Outlaw motorcycle gangs and Hispanic street gangs control the retail distribution of methamphetamine. Although there is little evidence that methamphetamine is being distributed in the Chicago area, some Mexico-produced methamphetamine destined for markets in other areas transits Chicago.

Second, small-scale methamphetamine laboratories have proliferated greatly in many areas of Illinois. Meth is the principal drug of concern in the rural areas of central and southern Illinois. The proliferation of small, clandestine methamphetamine laboratories throughout the rural areas force law enforcement to expend a large number of man-hours and resources on combating the lab problem. Most of the laboratories in the southern portion of the state use the Birch production method. The theft of anhydrous ammonia and the improper disposal of laboratory waste is of great concern to the small farming communities. In addition, DEA Operation Mountain Express III uncovered the transshipment of large quantities of pseudoephedrine from Canada, through Chicago, to California, where it was used to produce methamphetamine in "superlabs" managed by Mexican traffickers.

The use of club drugs, and more specifically "designer drugs," has increased sharply throughout the United States and in major cities such as Chicago, Illinois. "Designer drugs" refer to specific illegal substances such as MDMA, GHB, Ketamine, PCP, and licit pharmaceuticals, most notably the painkiller OxyContin. Chicago has also ranked near the top of DAWN emergency department mentions for PCP over the last few years.

Drug information from law enforcement sources in urban areas and in college towns located in many areas of the Chicago Field Division (CFD) report an increase in the abuse of these drugs. There is also a dangerous perception that many of these dangerous drugs are not harmful or addictive like cocaine and heroin. The root of the problem extends beyond the borders of Illinois and the CFD. Because of its status as an international transportation and trade center, Chicago remains vulnerable as a distribution center for drug trafficking organizations.

As in other divisions across the nation, the DEA CFD is aggressively targeting dangerous drug traffickers internationally and domestically. CFD investigations have revealed direct links to MDMA sources of supply in Europe, New York City, and Miami. Regionally, Chicago serves as a secondary source area for club drugs distributed throughout the Midwest.

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  • Illinois Facts
  • Illinois drug statistics show that rival gangs have multiple sources of supply for heroin, which contributes to heroin availability.
  • Recent investigations by Illinois Law Enforcement have uncovered increasing evidence that methamphetamine is being widely distributed in the Chicago area.
  • 2.4% of the 10th grade students in Illinois have reported using ecstasy at least once within the past year.
  • In Illinois it was estimated on a survey-weighted hierarchical Bayes estimation approach that the total number of individuals with an alcohol addiction or alcohol abuse problem over an one year period was 899,000 (Annual Averages Based on 2002 and 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health).
  • Illinois, Statistics
  • The population of Illinois is 12,415,876 with 6,078,582 Males and 6,337,294 Females.

    The population of Illinois, breaks down into the following age groups:

    Under Age 5: 876,347
    Age 5-9: 929,631
    Age 10-14: 904,865
    Age 15-19: 893,754
    Age 20-24: 850,701
    Age 25-34: 1,811,277
    Age 35-44: 1,983,280
    Age 45-54: 1,626,256
    Age 55-59: 577,498
    Age 60-64: 462,691
    Age 65-74: 771,996
    Age 75-84: 535,591
    Over 85: 191,989

    The Median age in Illinois, is 37.5

    Illinois Summary
    Illinois Area - 55616.02 Sq. Miles
    Land - 55287.07 Sq. Miles
    Water - 328.95 Sq. Miles

    The population Density in Illinois is 224.57 People per Sq. Mile
    Elevation of Illinois - 604 Feet
    Timezone - Central (GMT -6)

    Illinois School Enrollment Breakdown
    Age 3 and Over enrolled in Illinois schools - 3,449,846
    Illinois children enrolled in Nursery or Preschool - 253,064
    Children in Illinois enrolled in Kindergarten - 189,727
    Illinois children enrolled in Elementary School - 1,489,849
    Illinois Highschool Enrollment - 707,267
    Illinois College Enrollment - 809,939

    Illinois Economy and Employment
    Employment Breakdown:
    16 years and over - 9,528,139
    Total Males in Work Force in Illinois - 3,316,173
    Total Females in Work Force in Illinois - 2,912,627

    Occupation Breakdown in Illinois:
    Management and Professional Occupation related jobs in Illinois - 1,993,181
    Service related jobs in Illinois - 813,199
    Sales and Office Related jobs in Illinois - 1,609,493
    Forestry, Farming and Fishing related jobs in Illinois - 17,835
    Construction and Maintenance related jobs in Illinois - 480,170
    Production and Transportation related jobs in Illinois - 917,532

    Illinois Houselhold Income Breakdown:
    Household Income-
    Less than $10,000 - 383,164
    $10,000.00 - $14,999 - 252,364
    $15,000 - $24,999 - 517,653
    $25,000 - $34,999 - 545,779
    $35,000 - $49,999 - 744,949
    $50,000 - $74,999 - 952,566
    $75,000 - $99,999 - 531,645
    $100,000 - $149,999 - 415,272
    $150,000 - $199,999 - 119,049
    $200,000 or more - 128,885
    Average Household Income in Illinois - $43,808.30
    Average Household Size in Illinois - 2.59

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