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6 New Jersey Counties Struggling With Drug Abuse
Heroin has become a frightening epidemic across the state of New Jersey. A drug with a mighty powerful addictive force, even the most unlikely, quaint Garden State communities are now experiencing a steep increase in heroin use.
The Westfield Patch has compiled a list of New Jersey counties that had the highest number of drug treatment cases reported in 2012. The following list is based on statistics provided by the Division of Addiction Services in the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Does your county make the cut?
1. Cape May County
Historically known for its beautiful beaches and vacation homes, Cape May County now “holds the distinction of having the most drug treatment cases per person.” State officials say heroin has become the most prevalent drug in the county.
2. Atlantic County
One of the country’s most notorious getaway towns is also home to drug gangs and widespread substance abuse. Atlantic City reported 630 cases of heroin abuse in 2012. In 2011, an Atlantic County narcotics investigator told a state commission investigating the rise in drug use among teens that he has seen many high school students progress from getting drugs from their parents to buying heroin on the streets.
3. Cumberland County
One of South Jersey’s largest, most rural cities, Cumberland County has become a drug trafficking hub. The town of Vineland alone reported 304 cases of heroin abuse in 2012. And for the fifth straight year, Cumberland County has ranked the least healthiest county in the state of New Jersey after a study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin found it to be extremely lacking in the prevention against prescription drug abuse, obesity, chronic illness management and other issues.
4. Camden County
A recent issue of Rolling Stone named Camden County “Apocolypse, N.J.” In 2012, there a staggering 560 reported cases of heroin abuse ravaged the area. In fact, Camden averages one nonfatal heroin overdose a day—and on one particular day in March of 2014, a reportedly bad batch of heroin in Camden County resulted in a dozen overdoses in just one hour!
5. Monmouth County
In 2012, 70 residents of Monmouth County overdosed and died from using heroin. Since then, state authorities have declared heroin here a full-blown epidemic. Monmouth County Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni says, “It’s affluent, suburban areas that are the customers for these drug dealing people. It’s not another person’s problem. This is a problem that affects all of us. It doesn’t discriminate on race, ethnicity, affluence, geographic location, gender or ethnicity.”
6. Ocean County
Brick Township in Ocean County currently rivals Camden in terms of reported cases of heroin abuse. Once considered an extremely safe community, this county has seen the number of heroin overdoses double from 2012 to 2013. In June of 2013, Ocean County recorded its 52nd fatal overdose of the year from heroin or prescription pills, which was one fewer than all fatal overdoses the county recorded in 2012.
To Combat Heroin, Many Individuals Turn to Treatment
In order to overcome the disease of heroin addiction, or any other type of substance dependency, help and support not just from loved ones but also from professionals is crucial. At treatment facilities like ATSI, clients participate in counseling with licensed therapists, which works to heal the underlying issues—not just the drug use itself. Soon after admission, a customized program is created by the clients’ treatment teams, based on individual needs; we understand that each and every client is different and unique.
Components of ATSI treatment include:
- Individual and group therapy
- Community-based support groups
- Relapse prevention services
- Family care
- Spirituality programming
- Comprehensive aftercare
Clearly, heroin abuse in New Jersey must be stopped. That’s why we’re here. If you or a loved one is struggling with heroin or drug abuse of any kind, please pick up the phone and call us today.