National Drug Intelligence
The Chicago HIDTA region has one of the largest drug abuser populations in the United States. The consequences associated with the abuse of heroin and cocaine (both powder and crack) in the HIDTA region are considerably more severe than those associated with the abuse of any other drug. According to the Illinois Department of Human Services DASA, the Chicago HIDTA region accounted for more than half (nearly 52 percent) of all treatment provider services received by patients in Illinois in 2006 (the latest year for which such data are available). The number of heroin treatment provider services (32,997) and cocaine treatment provider services (20,357) in the Chicago HIDTA region (Cook, Grundy, Kendall, and Will Counties) were higher than the number of treatment provider services for any other substance of abuse, including alcohol (18,844), in 2006 and represented 83.4 percent of all heroin treatment provider services and 58.7 percent of all cocaine treatment provider services for the entire state that year. (See Figure 3.) The number of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana treatment services rendered in Cook County decreased from 2005 to 2006 but still exceeded 2004 levels, indicating that these drugs are readily available and widely abused in the area.
Source: Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.
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