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: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/heroin.html

2State of New Jersey Opioid Use and Misuse Educational Fact Sheet. Source: http://www.nj.gov/education/students/safety/behavior/atd/opioid/FactSheet.pdf

3New Jersey Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment: Substance Abuse Overview 2016 Statewide Source: http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/dmhas/publications/statistical

 

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

The number of fatal opioid overdoses nationwide has been steadily increasing since 2002, according to numbers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.