It is not hard to tell that when it comes to containing its heroin crisis, New Jersey is in over their head. Luckily, this made it easy for government officials to tell that their help was needed.
That being said, the Garden State recently received a lifeline from the federal government in the form of $1 million in funding. The money will go to creating more New Jersey addiction centers, as well as improving already established New Jersey drug rehabs.
Officials report that the funds will be put toward finding a solution to the heroin crisis in New Jersey; after taking into account the fact that heroin and opioid overdoses accounted for 49 percent of all New Jersey addiction admissions at hospitals, the first issue on the to-do list is medication-assisted treatment.
Regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Jackie Cornell-Bechelli, revealed that “We have lost far too many Americans to drug overdoses. Access to treatment is one of the biggest challenges we face.”
The heroin crisis in New Jersey is nothing new, and it continues to show no sign of slowing down anytime soon. To put things into perspective, if all 128,000 heroin addicts lived in the same place, it would be the fourth largest city in the state. If that is not a testament to the magnitude of the New Jersey addiction problem, then we don’t know what is.
Heroin treatment can, has and will save lives in the future. It can be the difference between life and death. If you or a loved one is in need of heroin treatment, please call us today. We can help.