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45 New Jersey Towns With The Most Heroin, Opiate Abuse

The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman reinforced how much heroin is plaguing all parts of America.

Last month, Patch exposed the 20 communities in New Jersey with the largest number of reported heroin abuse cases in 2012, the most recent year available. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, however, reinforced and illuminated how much the heroin epidemic is plaguing all parts of America.

Heroin abuse is no longer a scourge that's confined to the nation's crime-ridden areas. In some New Jersey counties, heroin abuse was a major factor in a steep increase in drug abuse cases over the past year. In Ocean County, the number of overdoses doubled from 2012 to 2013. Cape May County had the highest number of per capita abuse cases in 2012.

In the wake of Hoffman's death, we expanded our list, based on statistics provided by the Division of Addiction Services in the New Jersey Department of Human Services. The list shows the town and the number of cases reported in 2012.

There are 565 towns in New Jersey. These communities make up the top 7 percent.
Windrunner February 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM
Couldn't agree with the first three picks more. Great places to drive through, and hope a tire blowout don't happen.
Frank Santora February 11, 2014 at 11:58 PM
Drug dealers & users are a plague on us all. If you are serious about it being stopped along with all the crimes that are caused by drug addiction, Hammer the people in Trenton to reinstate the death penalty and apply it equally to both the sellers and the users. Cruel? Yes it is, but execute a few dealers and the rest will eventually to go to other states. They are greedy miserable people but are not stupid unless they are using themselves. The junkies won't be affected by any laws, but they will be affected by drying up the drugs. Rehibilitation DOES NOT WORK. Anyone who claims it does is fooling themselves. I have worked with drug users. They tell me they would rather die than stop shooting up. When they hear of bad junk that is killing people, they want to try it because they think it must be a great high.
John Santaella February 12, 2014 at 12:20 AM
Oh, jesus h christ. give me a break, death penalty indeed.
Phil Brooks February 12, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Frank, Sorry, but I must vehemently disagree with you. Drug dealers are there because there's a market for their products. Other than that this product is far more lethal, I see no difference between what's going on now and the bootleggers during Prohibition. But, as long as there are addicts and people who think they're invincible and they'll be the lucky ones to shoot up heroin and have nothing happen to them, there'll be drugs. // The question then becomes: How do we mitigate the scourge of drugs combined with the seamy underbelly of drug dealing? My answer--an answer is to regulate it, where the government controls its sale and distribution (like state run liquor stores in some states) and reaps the financial benefit. // We've already learned that we can't control or legislate morality. So, in that vein, we will never eliminate drugs, nor any other evil (drinking and gambling, for instance) that people think is out there. And how is that War on Drugs going anyway? The stuff out there is more available, cheaper and far more potent than it was 40 years ago when Nixon deputized a stoned-looking Elvis in this so-called "war." It ain't working. Time to try something new.
Veronica Wheeler February 22, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Supply and demand. I wish we could just kill off the supply. You can't even take a walk in the woods anymore because you might trip a wire guarding a pot field. When I think about all the hikes my father took us on through the Blue Ridge Mountains and upstate New York without fear (except for bears which I never saw) it makes me glad to be old now.

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