Although New Jersey is ranked among the smallest of all American states, it has one of the highest rates of substance abuse and addiction. Presently, there are over 300 facilities offering drug and alcohol addiction treatment and rehabilitation programs and services.
New Jersey is located close to the metropolitan areas in and around New York City and the Philadelphia. As such, it is right between some of the main drug trafficking hotbeds along the American East Coast.
For this reason, the areas of the state that border Philadelphia and New York seem to have the highest rates of substance abuse, consumption, and trafficking. These include but are not limited to Camden, Bergen, Morris, Union, Essex, and Passaic counties.
The drug trade in this region is often fueled by financial institutions, abundant transportation facilities, and relatively high segments of various ethnic populations. Unfortunately, the number of addiction treatment centers in the state are often insufficient when it comes to addressing the substance abuse and addiction problem facing its citizens.
In 2017, for instance, there were only 344 programs offering addiction treatment and rehabilitation services. Of these programs, 308 offered outpatient care services, 46 provided inpatient or residential treatment, while 12 were comprised of hospital inpatient programs.
The other common substances of abuse in this state - commonly known as the Garden State - include but are not limited to PCP, opioids, tranquilizers, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin.
That said, cocaine - and not marijuana - is considered to be the primary drug threat in the state. It is closely followed by the abuse of and addiction to heroin. This is why these two drugs are often linked to drug related overdose deaths in the region.
The state has seen an increase in the abuse of opioid and opiate drugs - including synthetic opioids like fentanyl and its analogs, heroin, and prescription opioid pain relief medications such as Vicodin.
Heroin, for instance, has been listed as the main drug threat among people who enroll in an addiction recovery program in the state. Further, law enforcement officials claim that opioids in general and heroin in particular are responsible for most of the substance related crimes being seen in the region.
According to the NJDCJ - the Division of Criminal Justice in the state of New Jersey - about 70 percent of all violent crimes reported in the state arise from drug related activities.
Even though the state has a lower number of drug related criminal sentences compared to the averages at the national level, heroin and cocaine are linked to about 77 percent of these drug related charges. Heroin, on the other hand, is responsible for charges that are 38 percent higher in the state than all the federal sentences that are made.
Whether you are addicted to heroin or cocaine or to any other of the intoxicating and mind altering substances that are commonly found in New Jersey, you can achieve recovery by enrolling in an addiction treatment and rehabilitation center.