New Jersey Opiate Addiction Treatment

In the state of New Jersey, opiate addiction continues to be a growing problem, especially un urbanized areas, such as Newark and Jersey City. Opiates are powerful narcotics, often found in the form of painkillers (most notably codeine and morphine) and heroin. Because painkillers are readily available through legally and illegally obtained prescriptions, opiate abuse and misuse continues to be on the rise.

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  • Heroin is often laced with the synthetic drug fentanyl, which has led to a significant increase in heroin overdose deaths in recent years.
  • Opioid abuse treatment, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, must address the short- and long-term changes made to the brain when a person begins abusing these drugs.
  • Many patients need to be treated for an opioid overdose and/or withdrawal before they can begin their addiction treatment regimen. However, they MUST attend a rehab program for their addictions afterward in order to be able to make a full recovery.
  • Those who choose inpatient treatment must remember to pack for their time in the facility and to not bring any drugs, alcohol, weapons, or offensive materials.


  • According to the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, “In 2012 there were more than 8,300 admissions to state-licensed or certified substance abuse treatment programs due to prescription drug abuse, an increase of more than 200 percent over the past five years.”
  • As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,454 people died as the result of drug overdoses in the state in 2015, which is higher than the national average. This number is closely tied to the opioid abuse epidemic in the state, and especially, to the issue of heroin abuse.
  • According to a 2014-2015 study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, New Jersey’s rate of past year heroin use among individuals 12 years and older was 0.68. This was more than twice as high as the national average (NIDA).
  • In addition to heroin abuse, the number of deaths in New Jersey associated with the synthetic drug fentanyl tripled in 2015 (County of Morris New Jersey).


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