Because Chicago is a major transportation hub in the Midwest, the problem with pharmaceutical abuse and diversion is high throughout the state of Illinois. As with all parts of the country, Illinois faces an increasing epidemic of opiate abuse, especially from prescription painkillers. Many areas are also seeing a surge of heroin seizures and overdoses as people find the highly potent and cheaper alternative to pharmaceuticals.
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The diversion of these controlled substances is of “significant concern” in Illinois, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Among the most commonly diverted pharmaceuticals are products containing hydrocodone and oxycodone, two potent opioids that can lead easily to abuse and dependence with prolonged use. In 2009, the DEA said OxyContin, which contains oxycodone, was a highly abused drug throughout Illinois. The agency also reports an increase in the abuse and use of methadone.
Products containing hydrocodone, such as Vicodin, and oxycodone, such as OxyContin, have become the target of diversion in Illinois and elsewhere. The DEA says the Internet has provided a breeding ground for companies around the world that sell pharmaceuticals online. There are legitimate pharmacies that fill prescriptions for opioids over the Internet, but also many that sell dangerous drugs. Some of these web pharmacies offer pills that are counterfeit, that may be the wrong dosage or that have dangerous ingredients. Some people have even reported that they’ve received the wrong medication altogether.
Pharmacies originating in other countries have also posed problems for Illinois authorities trying to control the flow of these drugs into the country. Other methods of diversion in Illinois include “doctor shopping,” which is when patients go from doctor to doctor to secure more than one supply of the drug. Diversion also occurs in pharmacies, hospitals and other medical facilities, often by healthcare workers themselves.