By: Shannon Persad
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County Most Affected by Opioids in New Jersey: Camden County
New Jersey has been no stranger to the opioid crisis. Throughout the year, the state has received many federal grants to support programs to fight the opioid epidemic. For example, Operation Helping Hand recently received $1 million as a federal grant to help bolster the program around the state.
An article from USA TODAY in August reveals counties that have been hurt the most by the opioid crisis and shows New Jersey’s worst county for opioid addiction is Camden County.
Camden County’s Statistics
Using the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WONDER web application, USA TODAY evaluated data from 2013 to 2017 to conclude each state’s worse opioid county’s.
USA TODAY explains their methodology:
“To determine the counties with the worst drug problem in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the average number of drug-related deaths per 100,000 residents in all U.S. counties and county equivalents each year for the period 2013 to 2017 with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WONDER web application. The causes of drug-induced deaths include unintentional overdoses, suicide, homicide, and undetermined causes. Figures on poverty and population came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and are five-year averages for the period 2013 to 2017. All data is for the most recent period available.”
Also, USA TODAY states: “One of the biggest predictors of opiate addiction and substance abuse is poverty. In 42 of the 50 counties with the highest overdose rates in their states, the poverty rate is greater than the 14.6% U.S. figure.”
New Jersey’s Camden County results:
- Annual drug deaths per 100,000 residents: 8 (county) 20.2 (state)
- Drug-related deaths, 2013-17: 915 (county) 9,024 (state)
- Poverty rate: 1% (county) 10.7% (state)
- Population: 510,996
South Jersey delivered the most opioid pain killers, which includes Camden County in a recent study.
Furthermore, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the overdose rate in New Jersey increased from 2016 to 2017.
How can New Jersey overcome the opioid epidemic? Let us know your thoughts.
If you or someone you know has an opioid addiction, please seek professional treatment.