The drug epidemic is consuming our nation in every single community regardless of class, ethnicity, or location. In Newark, New Jersey we are no strangers to the heroin and opioid crisis, and have battled the drug problem for a number of years. The death toll from drug overdose deaths has spiked drastically since the end of 2014. There were over 2000 recorded overdoses deaths in 2016, beating death by guns, suicides, vehicular collisions combined.
Attorney General Christopher Porrino stated, “There’s no easy fix to the epidemic of opiate addiction, which means we must continually re-dedicate ourselves to the hard work of fighting it on every front,”
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The growth of the synthetic opioid fentanyl has added to this epidemic in large numbers, rising over 2000% since 2010. Of the 2000 deaths recorded in 2016, it was estimated that 1200 were related to heroin and the other 800+ had traces of fentanyl. New statistics show fentanyl showing up in 60% of all heroin seized and increasing at alarming rates. Because this drug is completely synthetic it has been proven to be much more problematic and deadly when it comes to reviving overdose with Narcan, drug testing and k9 detection, and can also be deadly to the touch.
“I don’t think the American people can sit by and tolerate this level of death for much longer,” Gov. Chris Christie said concerning the opioid epidemic. For those who are struggling with the addiction to opioid based drugs, treatment options must be more readily available. The best way to ensure safety surrounding the drug epidemic is for the addict to receive the proper addiction treatment needed. In Newark, NJ there are many different forms of drug rehab for those suffering from this deadly disease.