"All available indicators--including investigative intelligence, case initiations, seizure and arrest data, abuse indicators, and anecdotal information--indicate that opioids present the greatest illegal drug threat to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Chicago Field Division (CFD), which encompasses the states of Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and the Northern and Central U.S. Federal Judicial Districts in Illinois. Although this threat is affecting urban and suburban areas most severely, it has been expanding throughout almost every state. In the past, a discussion of drug threats commonly would be conducted individually about specific drugs, such as cocaine or heroin. However, recent developments with regard to the heroin threat dictate that the terms of the discussion must change. Previous discussions centered around the narrow diversion, heroin, or fentanyl threats; today's discussion must be broadened to include all opioids--drugs, regardless of origin, that induce narcotic-like symptoms, including fentanyl, fentanyl-related compounds, and U-47700. Because these other drugs are available domestically and quickly are becoming integral to the heroin problem, the goal of this report is to describe the opioid threat as a whole. Nonetheless, it is important to keep in mind that the driving force within this threat has been, and is likely to remain, heroin."
DEA-CHI-DIR-023-17; Drug Enforcement Agency-Chicago-Drug Enforcement Agency Intelligence Report-023-17
Drug Enforcement Administration: https://www.dea.gov/