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New Jersey Drug Abuse Situation

The Garden State, with around 9 million people has the eleventh highest population of all US states. But being only number 47 in size, it is the most densely populated in the country. Whatever the causes might be, drugs and drug addiction are a regular feature in many areas of the Garden state. Between 2013 and 2014 alone, 1521 residents died of heroin overdose.

In 2014, more than fifty thousand persons in New Jersey entered treatment for addiction. Around half of them, 28,332, were admitted with opiates stated as their primary drug of choice. Not everyone with addiction in the state has been able to find or afford effective treatment. In Williamstown, where the heroin death rate in 2014 was nearly 25 times the national average, many addicts to heroin, pain pills or other opioids are unable to find the help they need. In some cases, the treatment is simply ineffective, or insufficient to provide the user with the needed strength and training to stay clean.

Throughout the Northeast, much of the heroin on the street has been 'boosted' with other, sometimes much more potent drugs. One such substance is Fentanyl. A synthetic opioid, fentanyl is about 40 to 50 times more powerful than heroin and is being mixed onto heroin by drug pushers. As a result, deaths in NJ have skyrocketed.

150 people died in New Jersey in the first half of 2015 from fentanyl. The drug is so powerful that a small amount ingested or even absorbed through the skin can be fatal. The drug has been in the news lately because it killed Prince, the famed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician. But according to data released by the state Attorney General's Office last week, fentanyl use has become all too prevalent in New Jersey well before the musician succumbed to it.

According to the New Jersey Student Health Survey, 2 percent of high school students had already used heroin at least once in their lifetimes.

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The survey further stated that 15% of high school students had attended school under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the preceding twelve months.

Illicit Drug Use in the Past Month among Persons Aged 12 or Older in New Jersey, by Substate Region: Percentages, Annual Averages Based on 2010, 2011, and 2012 NSDUHs (Source: SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health)

Overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death, in New Jersey.

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