Opioid Drug Use Is On The Rise In New Jersey

Last week, New Jersey’s Department of Human Services released its annual list of heroin abuse cases reported by each community in the state. These reported numbers indicate that the opioid and heroin crisis continues to rage on and the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the problem. As the list makes apparent, the opioid epidemic is impacting urban, suburban and rural communities throughout New Jersey.

Mental health issues are surging during these uncertain times, especially among today’s youth who miss the stability and consistency that school and activities provide them. Some school officials have cited drug problems and mental health issues as concerns while many students have been attending school remotely.

These factors weigh heavily on those who struggle with substance use disorder and may lead to illicit drug use. These rising cases are concerning and a sad sign of the current times.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey continues to raise awareness about substance use disorder and encourage today’s youth to lead a healthy lifestyle free of drugs and alcohol. To learn more about our free prevention initiatives, please visit our website.

Continued wishes to stay safe and well.

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