Addiction Issues in New Jersey
Over the course of the past several years, the entire country has been rocked by the opioid epidemic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), nearly 50,000 men and women throughout the U.S. lost their lives to an opioid-related overdose death in the year 2019 alone. Health officials are predicting even larger numbers in 2020, fueled by the Coronavirus pandemic. The number of overdose deaths have greatly increased from 2017, when there were a recorded 47,000 opioid-related deaths. That year there were also an estimated 1.7 million cases of prescription painkiller addiction and 652,000 cases of heroin addiction.
While no state has gone untouched by the opioid epidemic, New Jersey has been hit particularly hard. NIDA reported that in 2018 there were 2,900 drug overdose deaths reported in the state of New Jersey, and roughly 90 percent of all fatalities (2,583) were directly linked to opioid narcotics. Rates of prescription painkiller addiction are also high in New Jersey, which partially fuels the high rates of heroin abuse throughout the state. In the year 2018, New Jersey providers wrote 38.9 painkiller prescriptions for every 100 residents. While this number is slightly lower than the national average of 51.4 prescriptions per 100 residents, it is still significant.
The State of New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services reported that in 2019 there were a total of 98,628 treatment admissions in the state, and 96,482 discharges reported. Fourty-two percent of all treatment center admissions were attributed to heroin, while 31 percent were attributed to alcohol and 11 percent to marijuana. The majority of treatment center admissions in New Jersey — 25 percent — are to outpatient treatment programs like that offered by Guardian IOP.
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