Chicago is amongst many cities across the U.S. currently facing a drug epidemic. For many, today's drug of choice is heroin. A highly addictive drug derived from the pain killer morphine, heroin is commonly snorted, smoked or injected. When used, the drug produces a euphoric high that often results in users becoming immediately addicted.
On Tuesday, law enforcement officials from the Chicago area met in Palos Hills, a suburb west of Chicago, to address the increasing number of heroin-related deaths in suburban Chicago. In Will County, for example, the number of heroin overdoses has gone from five in the last four years to about 70 in the past two years. The reason: heroin is now more accessible and is an easy to consume street drug.