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New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis

Did you know that drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in New Jersey?

Close to 6,000 individuals have died from drug overdose in the state since 2004. The abuse of prescription medications, opioids, and heroin has reached an epidemic proportion in our state, and to remedy it, more community discussion, education and resource-sharing is necessary.

In the last decade, admission to drug treatment programs has risen 700%.1

To that end, NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network is launching a new multi-platform initiative – Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis – to raise awareness of the many facets and resources associated with drug addiction, prevention and recovery. NJTV’s initiative, spanning throughout 2016, will combine timely news coverage with a series of community forums throughout the state, which will ultimately contribute to a compilation of beneficial resources that individuals and local groups can use to combat the drug epidemic in their homes and hometowns.

There have been almost 6,000 deaths from drug overdose since 2004.2

NJTV will use its broadcast and online resources to spotlight what New Jersey is doing to tackle heroin, opioid and other drug use and reduce the number of overdose deaths. The Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis project will home in on all aspects of addiction, prevention, treatment and recovery, and share stories of struggle and success to educate and inform the community.

The rate of heroin overdose in New Jersey is 3x the national average.3