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An Overview of Addiction in New Jersey

New Jersey is in the midst of a new drug abuse crisis—one that affects countless young people once thought to be at low risk of addiction. The skyrocketing use of heroin and other opiates has become the number one health care problem confronting New Jersey. Heroin has been blamed in more than 5,000 deaths in the Garden State since 2004, about half of which have occurred since 2011. Since prescription pills have become a gateway drug, heroin is finding its way into the world of people who never imagined that they would ever confront this terrible substance.

Quick Facts on Substance Abuse in New Jersey

  • In New Jersey, about 170,000 individuals aged 12 or older (2.3 percent) per year in 2009–2013 were dependent on or abused illicit drugs within the year prior to being surveyed.
  • There were at least 781 heroin-related deaths in New Jersey in 2014, the fifth straight year the figure has seen a precipitous rise. Heroin alone accounted for an average of one death every day and officials say that number could be rising.
  • New Jersey has the dubious distinction of having some of the least expensive, highest purity street heroin in the nation. The price of heroin in the region continues to drop even as purity is increasing.
  • New Jersey saw a huge spike in fentanyl deaths in 2014. Overdose deaths related to fentanyl, a prescription opioid up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, tripled in New Jersey in 2014.
  • In 2013, prescription opioid admissions composed 13 percent of total drug admissions (excluding alcohol) in the state. The five counties with the highest rates of prescription opioid treatment admissions per 100,000 residents in 2013 were Cape May (326), Atlantic (180), Ocean (176), Gloucester (170) and Salem (164).
  • Overall, oxycodone was the painkiller most commonly targeted in robberies and burglaries in NJ in 2012 and 2013, accounting for 83 percent of all painkillers stolen.
  • Cocaine remains the third biggest drug threat with regard to the illicit use of drugs in New Jersey, only behind heroin and prescription drugs. The majority of people being adversely impacted by cocaine live in the urban areas of New Jersey.
  • In New Jersey, about 458,000 individuals aged 12 or older (6.2 percent) per year in 2009–2013 were dependent on or abused alcohol within the year prior to being surveyed.

Looking for recovery in New Jersey

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