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Will County criminal defense lawyer, heroin buyers, drug treatment programHeroin use and distribution is a serious problem in Illinois, and in particular Chicago and the surrounding areas. To help combat the heroin epidemic, the Chicago Police Department has developed a unique drug diversion program where the police can offer drug dealers the opportunity to enter into a drug rehabilitation program instead of facing jail time for drug-related offenses. Due to the success of the program, which has been in use since the spring of 2016, the Chicago Police Department has decided to scale up the program to see if more low-level drug offenders would be keen to the idea of seeking treatment instead of going to jail.

In March, law enforcement set up a reverse sting operation where they lured low-level heroin users to a location on the pretenses that the heroin users could buy dime bags of heroin, according to the Chicago Sun Times. The operation was the first time that the program had been extended to drug purchasers. Forty-one people who were caught as a result of the reverse sting operation elected to enroll in the drug treatment program rather than face jail time.

The idea behind the program is that if drug addicts are offered the opportunity to overcome their addiction, maybe they can be rehabilitated, which in turn would reduce the number of people who are addicted to drugs and and can reduce the number of people who commit drug-related offenses.

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