The Problem

Controlled prescription drugs, heroin and fentanylopioid drugs and paraphernalia

The abuse of prescription medication has been a serious issue in the state for a while. But now, unfortunately, users are turning to the cheaper and more potent opioids heroin and fentanyl to get high.

Nationwide, among new heroin users, 75 percent report having abused prescription opioids before using heroin.1

For up-to-date overdose statistics in New Jersey, go to the NJ Cares website.  


 Heroin Overdose Data. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Source:

Opioid Crisis: By the Numbers

Check out this infographic for a few stats about the state's opioid addiction problem.

Drug-Related Overdoses

In 2018, 46,802 people in the U.S. died after overdosing on an opioid.