The most significant drug threat to New Jersey is the distribution and use of heroin. It is readily available throughout the state — the predominant type of heroin available to New Jersey addicts is South American heroin. To a much lesser extent, Mexican tar or brown powdered and Southwest and Southeast Asian heroin are available. Low-cost heroin has attracted a new heroin-addicted generation since the early 1990s. The reason heroin is so accessible in New Jersey is that it is located between the major industrial and metropolitan markets of New York City and Philadelphia.
The amount of interstate highways, roadways, and railways in New Jersey is a strategic component in the flow of goods, services, and heroin throughout the United States. New Jersey also accounts for the busiest and largest port on the east coast, the Port of Newark. Besides, there are three airports readily available to New Jersey residents within a short distance from each other. Those being the Newark Liberty International, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and La Guardia airports. These cogs make New Jersey vulnerable to the ideal strategic corridor for the transportation of heroin.
How Strong is the Heroin in New Jersey?
The purity levels are stable but very high. In recent years, fentanyl is often cut into the heroin to make it even more potent and deadly. High purity heroin can be smoked and or inhaled. This appeals to users who would never inject the substance with a needle. Since 2011 the purity of levels of heroin in New Jersey has increased by 58 percent according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Making New Jersey heroin one of the highest in purity in the United States. Because of this, the law enforcement of New Jersey has generated a new tool by training its patrol officers on how to use naloxone, also known as Narcan, which is the antidote to heroin overdose.
What are Statistics for Heroin Addiction in New Jersey?
Heroin abuse was reported by the NIH as the primary drug of abuse by 78 percent of all drug treatment admissions in Newark. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported the rates of drug overdose deaths in New Jersey at an unsurpassed high.
In 2017, there were more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in the U.S.–an age-adjusted rate of 21.7 per 100,000 persons. Among these, 47,600 involved opioids. The sharpest increase occurred among deaths involving fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (other synthetic narcotics) with more than 28,400 overdose deaths in 2017. (NIH)
These rates showed an increase in heroin overdose deaths between 2016 and 2017 at 29.3 percent. The state of New Jersey took measures in the amount of opioid prescriptions providers wrote by lowering their rate from 54.7 percent in 2006 to writing opioid prescriptions at 44.2 percent in 2017. The national average in 2006 was 72.4 percent, but in 2017 the national average lowered to 58.7 percent, showing New Jersey has limited the number of opioid prescriptions being written. New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state with the 11th highest population makes it the most densely populated state in the country. It is also the third wealthiest state, and these factors contribute to the high rate of availability of heroin in the state.
Can Garden State Treatment Center Help You Overcome Heroin Abuse?
With evidence-based treatment, Garden State can help you overcome Heroin abuse. Here at Garden State Treatment Center, we provide group therapy, individual addiction counseling, relapse prevention treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, 12 step addiction treatment, and many other services that facilitate the recovery of anyone suffering from heroin addiction.
We believe in treating the entire person, not just their addictions. We personalize their treatment plan based on their individual characteristics to provide a long-lasting and meaningful recovery. We will empower you to come out of our program changed, firm, and prepared to begin a lifetime of recovery regardless of the extent of the heroin abuse you’ve suffered. Our admissions team is standing by for your call.