Why the Chicago Community Should Care About Opioid Dependence

Opiate use and abuse is becoming a deadly and very serious issue to say the least in the United States and it has been so for some time now.  This is a pretty concerning and serious issue to say the least.  Marijuana use and abuse is also a real problem and has been for some time too, and the two are simultaneously interlocked, especially in the Midwest.


The Drug Rehabilitation Center in Chicago community has experienced nothing but bad news when it comes to opioid dependence and marijuana use and abuse.  It has been a steadily dwindling spiral of addiction and affliction that has continued to worsen on and on and on and on as the years have gone by with no real sign of it letting up any time soon.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (NSDUH), published some concerning statistics about adolescent opiate abuse.  For example:

  • 5 percent of 8th graders indicated they abused opiates in the year prior to the survey
  • 8 percent of 10th graders indicated they abused opiates in the year prior to the survey
  • 4 percent of high school senior indicated opiate abuse in the year prior to the survey
  • To top it all off, all grades indicated that students today do not consider opiate use as having harmful effects. Furthermore, More than 5 percent of school-aged youth have used heroin in the year prior to the survey.

There is also a concerning relationship between marijuana and opiates.  Marijuana is a huge gateway drug and has been found to be at the center and at the source of a lot of the biggest opiate abuse problems in the nation.

Marijuana.  Infamous marijuana, (also known as grass, pot, weed, herb), which comes from the plant Cannabis sativa, is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States of American by far. The active ingredient in the plant, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is associated with intoxication. Marijuana resin, called hashish, contains an even higher concentration of THC.  The drug is usually smoked, but it can also be eaten. Its smoke irritates the lungs more and contains more cancer-causing chemicals than tobacco smoke by a long shot. Common effects of marijuana use include pleasure, relaxation, and impaired coordination and memory which is why Drug Rehab Chicago is seeing more and more people sing up for rehabilitation.

What to Do About the Problem

For the Drug Rehabilitation Chicago community, the only way to really handle this problem once and for all has been to approach it from the perspective of rehabilitation.  With proper rehabilitation, it is instead hoped that the issue will resolve from the approach of simply curing everyone who is addicted to drugs and alcohol that way.  This is certainly a viable method and should be pursued even more than it already has been pursued.

If more efforts and focus is put on rehabilitation then it is possible and likely that the problem in the Chicago area will drop down quite a bit.  The key to removing addiction from a larger urban area is to simply rehabilitate those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol in that area.  If this is done in Chicago as a wide scale effort than the addiction problem here will finally cease to exist.