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The Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy was established in 2005 and is housed at Roosevelt University’s Institute for Metropolitan Affairs (IMA) in Chicago, Illinois. The Consortium engages in projects that intersect with drugs, health and the criminal justice system. The Consortium aims to inform Illinois public policy by disseminating information that informs policymaking and educates the general public.

Mission

The Consortium’s primary objectives are to promote discussion of alternatives to Illinois’ current drug policies and to serve as a forum for the open, honest, and thoughtful exchange of ideas. The Consortium views individuals and communities that have been directly impacted by drug policies as integral components for change.

Vision

The Consortium envisions a time when Illinoisans discuss and view substance use disorders in a new way—as a public health problem, rather than a criminal justice issue.

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For more information, please contact our director, Kathie Kane-Willis 312-341-4336

Media

The Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy is frequently featured in the media, averaging about 2 media hits a week. Journalists often rely on our expertise to help them develop stories or to fact check information as it relates to drugs and drug policies.

Our Students and Interns

Student workers and interns comprise our primary workforce and are involved in all aspects of our work. If you are interested in an internship, student work experience or volunteering please contact Kathie. Please note, all students or interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, and an academic writing sample.

We need students with majors/minors in the following disciplines (list is not exclusive as drug policy intersects with MANY social spheres):

  • Social Sciences
  • Math/Stats
  • Policy
  • Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations/Marketing
  • Communications
  • English
  • Women's Studies
  • Criminal Justice

Bilingual individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals with criminal records or lived experience are VERY strongly encouraged to apply. Please note that the Consortium supports evidenced based research and uses the philosophy of harm reduction in its work in both policy and clinical services.

Publications

Hidden in Plain Sight: Heroin's Impact on Chicago's West Side

Executive Summary - [PDF]
Full Report - [PDF]

Kathleen Kane-Willis
Scott Metzger
Giovanni Aviles
Justyna Czechowska
August 2016

Diminishing Capacity: The Heroin Crisis and Illinois Treatment in a National Perspective

Full Report - [PDF]

Kathleen Kane-Willis
Giovanni Aviles
David Barnett
Justyna Czechowska
Scott Metzger
Roman Rivera
Benjamin Waite
August 2015

Youth in Substance Use in Oak Park and River Forest: A mixed methods examination of epidemiological trends and an evaluation of the continuum of care

Full Report - [PDF]

Kathleen Kane-Willis
Giovanni Aviles
David Barnett
Justyna Czechowska
Benjamin Waite
May 2015

Patchwork Policy: an evaluation of arrests and tickets for marijuana misdemeanors in Illinois

Executive Summary - [PDF]
Full Report - [PDF]
Appendix - [PDF]

Kathleen Kane-Willis
Giovanni Aviles
Marcia Bazen
Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch
May 2014

A Multiple Indicator Analysis of Heroin and Opiate Use in Missouri: 2001 to 2011

Full Report - [PDF]
Executive Summary - [PDF]

Kathleen Kane-Willis
Stephanie J. Schmitz
Marcia Bazan
Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch
March 2013

Heroin Use: National and Illinois Perspectives (2008-2010) (PDF, 749K)
Kathleen Kane-Willis
Stephanie J. Schmitz
Marcia Bazan
Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch
August 2012

Alternative Sanctions for Marijuana Misdemeanants: A preliminary investigation into ticketing for cannabis possession offenders in Chicago (PDF)
Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University
June 2012

Understanding Suburban Heroin Use

Full Report (PDF, 1,059K)
Executive Summary (PDF, 325K)
Suburban Heroin Use Case Studies (Word, 50K)

Kathleen Kane-Willis
Stephanie J. Schmitz
Marcia Bazan
Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch
Clayton B. Wallace
October 2011

Heroin Use in Illinois: A Ten-Year Multiple Indicator Analysis, 1998 to 2008 (PDF, 3 MB)
Heroin Use in Illinois: Executive Summary and Findings (PDF, 541 KB)

Stephanie Schmitz
Kathleen Kane-Willis
June 2010

New Directions for Illinois Drug Policy: An Update on Incarceration for Drug Offenses In Illinois (PDF, 332 KB)

Kathleen Kane-Willis
Gregory Greenman
Stephanie Schmitz
June 2009

Through a Different Lens: Shifting the Focus on Illinois Drug Policy - an examination of states' solutions and applicability to Illinois (PDF, 4 MB)

Kathleen Kane-Willis
Jennifer Janichek
Tiffini Cooley
Alison Grimmer
Keara Enoch
Stephanie Schmitz
May 2007

Timeline: Historical Drug Policy Changes and Number of Illinois Individuals Incarcerated for Drug Offenses from 1984 to 2002
May 2007

Intersecting Voices: Impacts of Illinois’ Drug Policies (PDF, 536K)

Kathleen Kane-Willis
Jennifer Janichek
Daniel Clark
August 2006

A Multiple Indicator Analysis of Alcohol and Drug Use in LaPorte County, Indiana: 2000 to 2005 (PDF, 162K)

Kathleen Kane-Willis
Jennifer Janichek
August 2006

A Multiple Indicator Analysis of Heroin Use in Northwest Indiana (Word, 319K)

Stephanie Schmitz-Bechteler and Kathleen Kane-Willis
January 2005

A Multiple Indicator Analysis of Heroin Use in the Chicago Metropolitan Area: 1995 to 2002 (PDF, 144K)

Kathleen Kane-Willis
Stephanie Schmitz-Bechteler
March 2004