In central and southern rural areas of Illinois, Methamphetamine use is reported to be highest, and on the rise. Crack users in the state have been turning to the growingly more popular drug because of its low cost, and longer lasting euphoric effects. In large metropolitan areas of the state such as Chicago, African American street gangs control the abundance of Cocaine and Crack Cocaine, leaving Crystal Meth scarce. The majority of the Meth available throughout the state is produced locally in very small laboratories, although some Mexican important variances are also available in more populated regions. The number of active laboratories seized in just one year, from year 1998 to 1999 easily doubled, and production sites continue to spread rapidly.
Like many other states Crystal Meth in Illinois is typically more common in rural areas. The average user in Illinois is a white male between the age of 20 to late 30's. The cost of methamphetamines in Illinois is also relatively inexpensive which makes it widely available to teens as well as lower income individuals. There are many different ways that meth can be used such as snorting, ingesting, and injecting with a needle. There is an increased threat of HIV with any drugs that involves needles because many drug users will use the same needle over and over again, or share needles. This is extremely dangerous. Crystal Meth users should be tested for HIV/AIDS to prevent further spread of the disease. Although meth is a problem, it can be overcome with the right choices and education.
You have taken the time to seek help because of your "addiction" to Crystal Meth. You might be looking at rehab centers or treatment centers in Illinois and wonder what the best option for you is. Even if you do not choose St Jude's as your program, at least let us tell you one thing. You and only you can make change possible. You are not diseased, and your current circumstances do not need to dictate the course of your life from this moment forward. When you can call a Crystal Meth treatment center you will most likely talk to a caring person, but with the wrong message, being that addiction is a disease. Remember that no matter what you decide... you can change