The Shocking Numbers of New Jersey’s Heroin Epidemic
This past year more than 600 people have died as a result of New Jersey’s heroin epidemic. That is double the amount of deaths since 2011. Here are some shocking statistics from the New Jersey Medical Examiner’s report on heroin-related overdoses:
- Monmouth, Middlesex, Ocean, and Camden County have the highest number of deaths this past year.
- Middlesex, Monmouth, Bergen, Gloucester, Camden, Cumberland, and Warren County had the highest percentage increases from 2013.
- Middlesex County has the highest percentage increase of death from 2013 to 2014, rising 82 percent.
- The amount of death in Passaic County has skyrocketed since 2011, jumping 700 percent—the highest of all counties.
Rise in Heroin Overdoses
The rise in heroin overdoses has been blamed on several factors, mainly its availability and higher level of potency. Dangerous drugs, such as Fentanyl, are being added to increase the purity of heroin while making it cheaper. Now police officers and first responders have access to Narcan—a magic bullet that reverses an overdose that would likely otherwise be fatal. However, it has allowed addicts to continue using with a safety net that will eventually fail.
Getting Help for Heroin Addiction
If you or a loved one needs assistance in overcoming a drug addiction, we at the Discovery Institute are here for you. We understand that addiction is a painful illness to go through. There is hope for recovery. Call us today at (800) 714-2175 to start overcoming your addiction.