In 2011, the federal government announced that the US is battling an opioid crisis. It was an epidemic. Until now, several states of America are still fighting to stop the outbreak just like New Jersey. New Jersey is one of the states in the county with unrelenting carnage throughout the years, and it doesn’t seem to slow down any closer.

In 2016, New Jersey’s number of overdosed deaths related to opioid and other drugs reached 2,221, up t0 40% increase from the year before. Most of the cases had heroin or fentanyl in their systems which are forms of opioid. It shows a mortality rate of 16 deaths in every 100,000 people, higher than the national rate which is 13.3 deaths per 100,000. From November 2016 to November 2017, the mortality rate jumped to 2,556 deaths.

Here’s death report of the New Jersey Office of the State Medical Examiner’s Drug-Related Deaths in 2016:

ATLANTIC171
BERGEN99
BURLINGTON96
CAMDEN200
CAPE MAY32
CUMBERLAND53
ESSEX271
GLOUCESTER88
HUDSON127
HUNTERDON20
MERCER59
MIDDLESEX182
MONMOUTH164
MORRIS71
OCEAN253
PASSAIC108
SALEM18
SOMERSET44
SUSSEX36
UNION98
WARREN31
TOTAL:2,2221

Joseph Coronato, an Ocean County prosecutor, said that the addiction mess in New Jersey started with prescription painkillers easily accessed in the state. Plus, cheap and highly pure heroin is also available. The state is feeding the epidemic.

Heroin and fentanyl are so many and easily accessed in New Jersey. Camden drug dealers even have ‘free heroin’ days to cause more addiction and feed the current drug problem in New Jersey.

To solve this current drug problem in New Jersey, the state needs to continue a wider distribution of the overdose antidote naloxone. The revived overdose victims shall also be steered into treatment after leaving the emergency room beds.

Overall, nationwide drug deaths have risen from 47,523 in the 12-month period ending in January 2015 to 70,070 for the 12-month period ending this past September. But the one-year drug death total ending in October shows a leveling off at 70,057. That slight decline continued into November, when 69,948 people died of drug overdoses in that 12-month time frame, according to the most recent provisional figures.

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