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What's Behind Chicago's Massive Heroin Problem?

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

Considering the city leads the nation in terms of heroin overdose-related emergency room visits by a landslide, Chicago's heroin problem is undeniably...

'The War In Chicago' Focus Of New '48 Hours' Feature

Posted 05.17.2013 | Chicago

Chicago's violence problem is once again in the national spotlight, this time as the focus of an upcoming CBS News special by "48 Hours." In the n...

Cops Find Million Dollar Meth In Naperville Traffic Stop

Posted 10.24.2012 | Chicago

A routine traffic stop turned into a nearly $1 million drug bust for Naperville police officers on Tuesday. A police dog sniffed out drugs from a p...

$500,000 Worth Of Pot Recovered From Northwest Side Home

Posted 10.18.2012 | Chicago

Police acting on a tip about an "exotic hydroponic operation" inside a home on Chicago's Northwest Side came upon 100 marijuana plants reportedly wort...

Police Seize $265,000 Worth Of Synthetic 'Scooby Snax' Weed

Posted 09.05.2012 | Chicago

Chicago police seized more than $200,000 worth of synthetic marijuana bound for Chicago packaged in foil packets labeled "Scooby Snax." Police say ...

Lizzie Schiffman

Report: Chicago's Heroin Problem Reaches Epidemic Levels

HuffingtonPost.com | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 09.04.2012 | Chicago

Dozens of parents, siblings, mentors and friends assembled on a small hill in Schaumburg, Ill. Thursday night, clutching photos of loved ones they’v...

How Chicago Kind Of, Almost Decriminalized Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut & Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 08.28.2012 | Chicago

Though it's still only about three-quarters of the way through, 2012 has already been a busy year for drug policy in Chicago. Of course, the headli...

Life In An Open-Air Drug Market

Chicago Reader | Steve Bogira | Posted 06.26.2012 | Chicago

In mid-March Chicago experienced one of its most violent periods in recent history--67 people shot and 18 slain in a single week of unseasonably warm ...

Can Decriminalizing Marijuana Help Cash-Strapped Chicago?

Posted 01.02.2012 | Chicago

Updated with Mayor Emanuel's comments When Mayor Rahm Emanuel took over, he immediately made it quite clear that he would do whatever it takes to g...

Aldermen On Board With Ticketing, Not Arresting Low-Level Marijuana Offenders

Posted 12.27.2011 | Chicago

Four Chicago lawmakers on Thursday are expected to announce their support of ticketing individuals caught with small amounts of marijuana in Cook Coun...

Chicago Gang Rivals Band Together To Control Neighborhood Drug Trade

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 10.29.2011 | Chicago

At first glance, the intersection of Lexington and Pulaski doesn't look very prosperous. Ugly, empty lots anchor two of the corners. There's a yell...

12,000 Pounds Of Pot: Police Score Huge West Side Bust

Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

Chicago police arrested seven men and found an estimated $33 million in cannabis, weighing more than 12,000 pounds, from a West Side warehouse during ...

Mind The Grass Gap: Nearly Nine of Ten Chicagoans Convicted With Pot Are Black Men

Chicago Reader | Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader | Posted 09.06.2011 | Chicago

A few weeks ago, hundreds of people, most of them white, gathered in Lincoln Park to celebrate Peace Fest, which featured DJ sets, jam bands, and enou...

Heroin Abuse On The Rise In Chicago, Suburbs

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

More people in Chicago and its suburbs are admitted to hospital emergency rooms for heroin use than in any other major city, and heroin is now the mos...

1-Year-Old Tests Positive For PCP, Cocaine On West Side

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The parents of a 1-year-old boy who tested positive for cocaine and PCP over the weekend could face charges. The Chicago Tribune reports that someon...

Study: Chicago's Heroin Problem Worst In The Nation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago and its suburban counties are suffering the worst heroin problem in America, according to a new study. Nearly 24,000 people in the area were ...

Corey Scott ARRESTED After Cops Find $1.5 Million Worth Of Drugs In Car During Traffic Stop

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Police making a routine traffic stop Monday got more than they bargained for when they found $1.5 million worth of cocaine and heroin in a laundry bag...

Chicago Tops Nation In Drug Use: Study

Chi-Town Daily News | ALEX PARKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

People arrested in Chicago are more likely than prisoners in other major cities to test positive for drugs, according to a new report from the White H...