The state of New Jersey (pop. 8,717,925) is situated between the major cities of New York City and Philadelphia, and has often been referred to as the “crossroads of the east.” Unfortunately, it’s not just cars and shipping cargo that flow through the Garden State, but also drugs that leave behind a trail of addicts and damaged families. If addiction has become a problem, drug rehab can help you take control. Call American Addiction Centers today at 877-640-1943.
New Jersey is a heroin hot spot.
Heroin is the most prevalent illicit drug in New Jersey, with heroin use among the state’s 18-25 year olds at a level more than twice the national average, according to the New Jersey Department of Human Services. In 2006, heroin accounted for more than 22,751 treatment admissions in New Jersey – representing 41% of all treatment admissions, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Heroin is a highly addictive drug in the opiate class of substances, which also includes prescription drugs such as oxycodone. Heroin addiction is extremely dangerous, and users can spread diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis through the use of shared needles. Quitting isn’t always easy, because detox, for one, can be challenging. But all of the drug rehab facilities in our network exceed industry standards, and have a track record of success.
There many other reasons that drug rehab is necessary.
Statistics from the federal government’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health demonstrate the seriousness and widespread extent of the problem in New Jersey. For the 2004-2005 calendar years, the survey found:
- More than 40% of New Jersey residents aged 18-25 had engaged in binge drinking within the past month. For those aged 26 and up, the figure was nearly 20%.
- Among 18-25 year olds, 16% had used marijuana within the past month.
- Non-medical use of pain relievers was found in more than 11% of 18-25 year olds.
- More than 20% of 18-25 year olds had used some form of illicit drug within the past month, while nearly 5% of 26-and-older adults reported past-month drug use.
Fentanyl is a new drug abuse threat in New Jersey.
Prescription drugs have long been a growing problem in New Jersey, and these days the anesthetic pain reliever fentanyl is increasingly popular. Beginning in 2006, both New Jersey medical professionals and EMS first responders noticed a serious uptick in fentanyl overdoses. Tragically, many of these overdoses are fatal. Since April of 2006, there are been at least 133 fentanyl-linked deaths in New Jersey, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The New Jersey division of the DEA has even gone as far as to launch “Operation Undertaker,” an intelligence-gathering initiative that specifically targets the new fentanyl threat.
Sometimes, even doctors in New Jersey need drug rehab.
The diverse group of clients that you’ll find at drug rehab centers – clients that include doctors – are proof that addiction doesn’t discriminate. Doctors can write prescriptions themselves, and they enjoy unfettered access to a wide array of painkillers and other legal narcotics. In 2007, a Randolph, N.J. podiatric surgeon and his wife were arrested on drug distribution charges. The doctor, also a registered pharmacist, had issued 31 prescriptions for painkillers and mild tranquilizers, using the prescriptions as a form of payment.
Psychiatrists can also need the help of drug rehab. In 2002, state lawmakers in New Jersey held public hearings in response to the case of a psychiatrist who continued seeing patients while she was addicted to drugs. One of her patients — a police officer — later killed five people and himself. “It’s just mind boggling to think that you put your trust in people to help you, and they are more screwed up than you are,” Nancy Mills, a former patient of a drug-addict psychiatrist, told the Asbury Park Press.
At American Addiction Centers, anyone can find the path to a better life. No matter where you come from or how long you’ve used, quitting drugs is achievable with the help of a drug rehab that fits your needs. We’ll get you started with the right drug rehab. Call us today at 877-640-1943.
No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find the treatment you need. We also offer many affordable self pay options for addiction treatment.