By: Bethany Winkel
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New Jersey Eclipses National Statistics for Heroin Overdoses
New Jersey has achieved some unwelcome statistics. In a report released earlier this month by the CDC, the national numbers of heroin overdoses have skyrocketed in recent years, quadrupling from 2002 to 2013. The report also shows that the heroin situation in New Jersey is even worse – overdoses in New Jersey are more than triple that national rate.
Triple the national rate means that in New Jersey, more people die from heroin overdoses than homicides, suicides, AIDS, or even car accidents. The numbers are astounding: 741 heroin-related deaths in 2013 in New Jersey, which is 8.3 deaths per 100,000 people in the state. National figures put heroin overdose deaths at 2.6 per 100,000 people.
Read about what New Jersey officials have to say about the epidemic here.