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NCJ Number: 250352 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Trends and Distribution in Illinois: A Survey of Drug Task Forces
Author(s): Jessica Reichert; Risa Sacomani; Edwin Medina; Matthew DeSalvo; Sharyn Adams
Corporate Author: Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
United States of America
Date Published: August 2016
Page Count: 40
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Chicago, IL 60606
Grant Number: 12-DJ-BX-0203
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Grants and Funding; Issue Overview; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical); Statistics; Survey
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on the input of the 19 Illinois drug task-force directors, this study examined the extent of the drug problem in the jurisdictions covered by each drug task force, with attention to the frequency of drug types encountered and trends in drug trafficking, use, and distribution.
Abstract: The most frequently encountered drugs in task force jurisdictions in order of frequency were cannabis, heroin, prescription drugs, cocaine, and crack. The use and distribution of heroin was identified as the most serious drug problem by 16 of the 19 drug task force jurisdictions, and most task force officials cited an increase in heroin trafficking and use as the most serious drug problem over the 2 years examined. In the central and southern regions of Illinois, methamphetamine was most commonly identified as a considerable drug threat. Cannabis was fairly evenly spread among the rankings for greatest drug threat across each region. The National Drug Threat Assessment corroborates these findings, identifying increases in heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, and controlled prescription drugs. In drawing implications for policy and practice, this report emphasizes the importance of multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency law enforcement efforts. Illinois law enforcement and drug task force members must collaborate with one another and with agencies in neighboring States. Information should be shared on distribution patterns for heroin. In addition, first-responding law enforcement officers should be trained to administer Narcan, a medicine used to prevent overdoses of heroin or other opioids from becoming fatal. Community outreach should include informing the pubic about substance use disorders, heroin, opioids, and other drugs, as well as where drug users can receive help without fearing arrest. 9 figures, 5 tables, and approximately 65 references
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; BJA Resources; Cocaine; Drug law enforcement; Drug law enforcement training; Drug law enforcement units; Drug Trafficking; Heroin; Illinois; Interagency cooperation; Law Enforcement Task Forces; Marijuana; Methamphetamines; Opioids; Prescription drugs; Task force reports; Trend analysis
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