12/20/2008 01:50 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Oak Park Sees Increase In Drug Use

Oak Park officials are privately on high alert as drug use increases, threatening to allow gang influences to break through the village's borders.

Without addressing the potential problem, organized street gangs could take control of blocks and create a sweeping change to Oak Park's demographic landscape.

Eight to 10 months ago, authorities started noticing an increase in the number of teenagers smoking marijuana, said John Williams, Oak Park Township youth services director.

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