Law enforcement officials in New Jersey are concerned about a recent spike in heroin deaths. Between April 12-April 19, 2013 there have been eight heroin-related deaths in Ocean County, New Jersey and one death in Barnegat Township. The majority of the victims were in their early to mid 20’s. Atlantic City authorities believe that the deaths may have been caused by a tainted batch of heroin or a more potent batch than usual. While heroin is always a dangerous drug, law enforcement officials believe that this specific batch could result in death after one use.
These recent deaths are believed to be linked to four brands of heroin: Boom, Nyquil, Hard 10 and Ferrari.
Heroin addiction is not only a problem in Atlantic City, but it is also a problem throughout the state. In 2011, more than 5,000 people were treated for heroin abuse in New Jersey. There has been a rise in heroin use among teenagers and young adults. The increase in heroin addiction among the young stems from prescription drug abuse. Oftentimes, prescription painkillers are a gateway drug for heroin. Teenagers often turn to heroin when they no longer have access to prescription painkillers or when they can no longer afford them.
We here at The Treatment Center embrace our responsibility for the community that we serve. There currently is a deadly batch of heroin making its way across New Jersey causing deaths. Heroin addiction is serious and sometimes fatal. If you or a loved one is struggling with a heroin addiction, it is important to seek help from an accredited rehab facility. If you have any additional questions about heroin addiction, call 1 (877) 392-3342.