In 2005, Newsweek called the "epidemic" of methamphetamine use "America's new drug crisis." A year earlier, a New York State Police captain described meth to the New York Times as making "crack look like child's play."
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.
Many people in Chicago, Illinois -- particularly fans of the Chicago Bears -- were stunned late last year when wide receiver Sam Hurd was arrested on federal drug charges. The Bears released Hurd shortly after his arrest, which took the team, its coaches and its players by surprise. Now Hurd has been arrested again in Texas for allegedly violating his bond. Authorities say that a drug test came back positive for marijuana.