The Problem

Half of South Jersey's Drug Treatment Admissions are Due to Opioid Addiction

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 In New Jersey, eight out of 10 heroin users started off using painkillers.2

In all of South Jersey's counties -- Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Ocean and Salem --  heroin was the leading drug behind substance abuse treatment facility submissions.3

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

 1Heroin Overdose Data. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Source:

2State of New Jersey Opioid Use and Misuse Educational Fact Sheet. Source:

3New Jersey Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment: Substance Abuse Overview 2016 Statewide Source:


Heroin: South Jersey's Drug Problem

During 2016, 50 percent of New Jersey residents who entered substance abuse treatment were being treated for an opioid addiction (in most cases heroin).

The Problem

Get the numbers behind South Jersey's drug use problem.

Drug-Related Overdoses

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