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Considering the city leads the nation in terms of heroin overdose-related emergency room visits by a landslide, Chicago’s heroin problem is undeniably massive and shows no sign of abating anytime soon.

In a series of articles published earlier this month, the Chicago Reader and WBEZ have partnered to dig into why heroin usage has surged in Chicago, how the dangerous drug gets here in the first place and who is responsible for the city becoming the international heroin hub it is today.


In a Wednesday panel on HuffPost Live, Reader reporter Mick Dumke, Bloomberg reporter John Lippert and Chicago Recovery Alliance director Dan Bigg spoke on the Windy City’s heroin “open-air” heroin markets on the city’s West Side and its connection to the powerful Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel and its kingpin, “Public Enemy Number 1” El Chapo Guzman.

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