Drug addiction has no geographic limitations and does not discriminate in terms of gender, age or ethnicity. As a result, drug use and addiction is as likely to be found in Naperville as it is in any other state. People tend to think of drugs as being an issue in major cities or in low income neighborhoods, but the reality is that any drug trends occurring in New York City are as likely to be occurring in Des Moines or Cedar Rapids. In other words, the drug use profile for Naperville looks similar to the drug use profile for other population groups, and Napervillens are using marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, and other drugs in unprecedented numbers.
The Naperville Drug Control Strategy Report for 2013 issued by the Governor’s Office of Drug Control clearly indicates that drug addiction is a problem throughout the state, and there are emerging trends. Alcohol is the most frequently abused substance for those screened or admitted to substance abuse treatment programs in 2012, but its use has actually decreased since 1992. Instead, there has been significant growth in the use of other drugs as the primary substances of choice for those with addictions. It is also important to remember that people using illegal drugs or abusing prescription drugs are often poly-users, meaning they are using more than one drug at a time, and alcohol abuse frequently accompanies drug use.
The Naperville state statistics clearly show an upward trend in drug use. In 1992 only seven percent of juveniles and adults screened or admitted to a facility for substance abuse had marijuana as the primary drug of addiction, and that number grew to 26.3 percent by 2012. In 1992, the Naperville citizens identified as having drug addiction problems were using methamphetamine or meth (1 percent), cocaine or crack (5 percent), heroin (.5 percent), and other drugs (1.5 percent). By 2012, the Naperville state numbers had changed considerably.
In 2012, marijuana abusers accounted for 26.3 percent of those screened or admitted to substance abuse treatment centers. The meth addiction rate had grown to 10.5 percent; heroin to 0.9 percent; and other drugs to 10.1 percent. Though the percentage of cocaine addicts had dropped to 2.3 percent, the significant rise in other drugs over the ten year period from 1.5 percent to 10.1 percent indicates a shift to using a variety of street drugs. In 2012, Naperville’s I-SMART substance abuse data system reported that the number of clients ever screened or admitted for substance abuse treatment was the highest it has ever been at 50,870 people.
The dramatic rise in methamphetamine use was predicted by the Naperville Department of Public Safety’s Division of Narcotics Enforcement as far back as 1991. Unfortunately, the predictions proved accurate, and methamphetamine continues to increase as the drug of choice when once it was cocaine. In 2006 there were 59,963 grams of crack and cocaine seized in 2006, and in 2010 there were 13,413 seizures. In 2006, approximately 43,781 grams of methamphetamine and ICE were seized, and that number rose to 102,706 grams by 2010. One of the reasons methamphetamine is increasingly the drug of choice is because it produces a “high” that last up to 12 hours, and it is becoming more readily available. People use the drugs that are the easiest to obtain and that are the most affordable. Using readily available materials, methamphetamines are often manufactured in dangerous, clandestine laboratories and in filthy conditions.
According to the Division of Narcotics Enforcement there is another trend also emerging in Naperville, and it is just as alarming. There is increasing use of synthetic drugs, including synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinones. The synthetic cannabinoids go by names like K2, Herbal Incense and Spice. They are illegal but continue to be sold under-the-counter by convenience stores and tobacco shops.
A third trend is the increasing popularity of heroin. In 2011, it was reported that heroin was making a comeback. In 2013 it is becoming the drug of choice for young adults. It should be noted that the young heroin addicts in Naperville largely come from middle and upper class homes because addiction knows no barriers.
A fourth trend is the rapid rise of non-medical use of prescription drugs. The Naperville Office of Drug Control Policy attributes some of the increase in heroin use to an increase in prescription pain reliever addicts. When patients run out of prescription drugs or the drugs become too expensive, they turn to illegal street drugs to feed their addiction.
Medical research studies are increasingly proving that the powerful drugs leading to addiction actually change brain functioning. Though it is tempting to tell people to “just stop” taking the drugs, the reality is that the physical changes occurring as a result of taking illegal and prescription drugs make it impossible for most addicts to get off the drugs without medical intervention. For this reason, inpatient treatment for addiction is highly recommended. The benefits include:
Inpatient addiction treatment programs are more intensive than outpatient treatment programs, and that is precisely what many addicts need to get off and stay off substances. New street drugs are introduced regularly, and the dealers prey on those most vulnerable to becoming addicts. Restoring the lives in Naperville that have been ravaged by these drugs benefits the addicts and the communities in which they live. Seeking inpatient addiction treatment is a first step in making the right decision to live a drug-free, productive life.
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