The Illinois State Police says opioid overdoses are declining, but that agency is also reporting an uptick in the use of methamphetamines.
In the past, meth was homemade, so the state restricted access to some of the ingredients like sudafed. Now, drug cartels are smuggling the drug into the U.S.
State Police Major Troy Phillips said his task force has seen a significant increase in the amount of meth on the streets.
“At the time, we were purchasing grams and ounces, now it’s very routine for our task force that they are purchasing pounds,” Phillips said.