Learn more about the opioid addiction problem in Newark, New Jersey.
Controlled prescription drugs, heroin and fentanyl
The abuse of prescription medication has been a serious issue in the state for a while. But now, unfortunately, users are turning to the cheaper and more potent opioids heroin and fentanyl to get high.
Nationwide, among new heroin users, 75 percent report having abused prescription opioids before using heroin.1
For up-to-date overdose statistics in New Jersey, go to the NJ Cares website.
For decades, the number of fatal opioid overdoses nationwide had been steadily increasing, according to numbers from the National Vital Statistics System. But in 2018, the number of overall opioid deaths dropped to 46,802.
Unfortunately, the number of deaths from synthetic opioids - like fentanyl - continues to rise. Between 2017 and 2018, synthetic opioid deaths increased 9%.
Heroin Overdose Data. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/heroin.html
- The vast majority of teens do not use heroin. In a 2018 national survey, only 0.4% of 12th graders used heroin in the past year.
- 96.4 percent of 12th graders disapprove of taking heroin occasionally.
- About 165,000 young people between 18 to 25 reported having a heroin use disorder in the past year.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE:
- Prescription opioid analgesics, specifically those containing oxycodone and hydrocodone, are the most common types of prescription drugs that are diverted for misuse and abused.
- Each day in the United States, over 192 people die as a result of a drug overdose.
- In 2017, an estimated 3.2 million people (aged 12 or older) reported current misuse of pain relievers.
- 53% of nonmedical users (12 years or older) reported receiving the prescription drugs they most recently used “from a friend or relative for free.”
- Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine.
- Drug deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (which includes fentanyl) increased almost 47% from 2016 to 2017.
Explore common misconceptions about opioids through the voices of teens. Go to Operation Prevention.
1 Source: University of Michigan, 2018 Monitoring the Future Study. View source here.
2 Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, September 2018. View source here.
3 Source: Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017. View source here.
4 Source: Prescription Drug Use and Misuse in the United States: Results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, September 2018. View source here.
5 Source: Rudd RA, Seth P, David F, Scholl L. Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 16 December 2016. View source here.
6 Source: “Fentanyl: Illicitly-made fentanyl use is on the rise." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. View source here.
JASON SURKS, 19
As a pre-pharmacy major at Rutgers University, Jason probably felt he knew more about prescription drugs than he actually did. He evidently thought he was being safe, but he overdosed on prescription drugs. Read more.
In recent years, the number of people admitted to publicly funded facilities for controlled prescription drug abuse has gone down. At the same time the number of admissions for heroin use rose significantly. In 2013, there were more treatment admissions for heroin than any other illicit drug.
Need Someone to Talk to?
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has trained professionals to available via phone and online chat to help parents who think their loved one is struggling with addiction. Learn more.
Looking for Addiction Treatment Options Near You?
This state government site features the contact information of each New Jersey county's program director for prevention and recovery. Go to the site.
Connect with other people in recovery by attending a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in your area. Go to the site.
Search a database of drug rehab or detox centers in your area based on insurance. Go to the site.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Treatment Locator*
Use the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Locator at the bottom of this page to find substance abuse treatment facilities in your area.
1 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary. https://www.dea.gov/resource-center/2016%20NDTA%20Summary.pdf
ADAPT is a coalition of people who care about reducing underage drinking and drug abuse in Essex County. Members include youth, parents, educators, police, substance abuse professionals, faith-based and government representatives, and other concerned citizens.
Headquartered in New Jersey, the Center For Family Services is a strong and innovative non profit organization dedicated to improving lives.
GCADA was established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:2BB from which the Council executes three core functions: prevention planning; public awareness and education; and, the administration of the Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program.
This site contains a real-time dashboard opioid-related data and information for New Jersey.
New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs (Project Medicine Drop)
With New Jersey's Project Medicine Drop (NJPMD), there are secured drop boxes in the headquarters of local police departments. Consumers from anywhere in New Jersey can visit the boxes seven days a week, to drop off unneeded and expired medications - and keep them away from those at risk of abusing them.
The New Jersey Prevention Network (NJPN) is a public health agency working to create healthier communities by reducing the burden of substance abuse, addiction and other chronic disease.
The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) was created in 1992 as a substance abuse prevention alliance to localize, strengthen and deepen initiatives, drug-free assistance and parent education conferences throughout the state. All PDFNJ programs are available free of charge to the residents of New Jersey.
If you want to get involved in the DEA 360 Strategy you can start by educating yourself on the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, and then share what you have learned with your family, friends, community, neighbors, etc.
Join a coalition or volunteer with a partnering organization.
Properly dispose of prescription drugs.
If you have prescription drugs that have expired or you no longer need you can deposit them into prescription drop-off boxes located in your community.