The Affordability of Heroin in Chicago is Drawing More and More Young People

The Affordability of Heroin in Chicago is Drawing More and More Young People

Heroin is causing big problems in the windy city. According to a recent study, Chicago has one of the largest problems with heroin and the problems associated with its use. Taking into account every other metropolitan region in the country, Chicago ranks at the top.

Details of a Roosevelt University report in a recent article show that heroin overdoses increased in various counties surrounding Chicago.

Deaths in Lake County increase by nearly 130 percent between 2000 and 2009. McHenry County jumped to a 150 percent rise in three years while Will County deaths doubled over a two year period. Of those deaths, Cook County had a slight decline, at 16 percent, during a ten year period between 1998 and 2008. But at the same time, Cook County had a drastic increase in heroin overdoses among white women: a 40 percent increase.

The study shows that Chicago ranks first in emergency admittances due to heroin by women, men, African Americans and adults over 21 years old. Overall admittances for heroin are the highest in the Midwest city. The results are similar for percentages of inmates testing positive for heroin. About 29 percent of those arrestees at the Cook County Jail had heroin in their system. Of those arrested, the numbers show that 41 percent are white, 25 percent are African American and 24 percent are Latino.

An author of the report says that Chicago has one of the worst, if not the worst, problems with heroin in the country. Kane-Willis says heroin users are more often young, white women. Second only to alcohol, heroin is one of the more common substances Illinois residents receive treatment for. The illegal drug is demanded more than cocaine and even marijuana.

Kane-Willis blames affordability on Chicago’s problem with heroin use. When an illegal drug is cheaper than a movie ticket, what do you think a youngster will choose for entertainment?

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