With the number of heroin deaths growing in the last two years, officials are beginning to crack down on distribution of the drug. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
"A Naperville mother whose husband died of a heroin overdose earlier this year was among dozens of people arrested in a sweep targeting heroin distribution in DuPage and Cook counties, officials announced Wednesday.
“We have a heroin epidemic in this county,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin said. The county has seen an average of one heroin death every 8 1/2 days since the beginning of 2012, he said.
At least 27 people were arrested in Tuesday’s sweep. Seventeen of them were charged under Illinois’ newly enacted Street Gang and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law. The case began in February with a heroin bust at a Carol Stream home, officials said."