20 Towns With The Most Heroin And Opiate Abuse; Toms River Is Eighth

These are the communities - both large and small, urban and suburban - with the most reported heroin and opiate abuse cases in New Jersey

For 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.

We wanted to take a look at how the drug has not only infested New Jersey’s urban areas, but the more unlikely places where suburban stories of abuse have developed into a sad, profound narrative: Brick, Toms River, Lacey, South Toms River, Cherry Hill and Woodbridge.

So we dove into statistics provided by the Division of Addiction Services in the New Jersey Department of Human Services that show the 20 communities with the largest numbe

Frank Schapitl January 02, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Here we are in total agreement "Real problem is that all this drug prosecution doesn't work. What can we do to help our kids not to go down that path" which is why after 50+ years of the war on drugs you and I (and many many others) are still having this discussion
Vic Rattlehead January 15, 2014 at 01:50 PM
Where did these kidds learn this behavior. From their baby boomer parents. Don 't do herion son as you reach for your painmanagement RX for your back ache, smoke yor ciggs, drink your booze and some still smoke weed? We're all doomed
jerseytomato January 29, 2014 at 01:10 PM
Think about where the heroin originates, and then take a look around. That gardener or housekeeper that doesn't speak English, but drives a brand new F150. Where do you suppose he/she gets the money? I'm not one who blames parents for their children's behavior, but frankly, most parents don't know that their child is slamming heroin, never mind smoking it because the parents are self medicating. The mall has become the new babysitter - parents drop their kids off by the carloads, and never bother to wander in to see what their children are up to. The parents who don't want to be bothered. There are the parents who began getting high when they themselves were kids - and still do. The most pathetic are the parents who live in denial. Complete enablers. What's really pathetic are some of the posters on this thread who bash our Police Chief, entire Police Departments, School Teachers, etc., for the drug addicted mess our county has.
Dan Guerriero February 07, 2014 at 08:21 AM
Those who take heroin are nothing but criminals. The habit in and of itself requires a lot money. All these drug programs and community warnings help not. Prison is the answer.
Mark Wendell February 09, 2014 at 11:03 AM
The big problem is that the stuff is cheap and we have become a wal mart economy. Dad doesn't work at the factory no more. Mom and dad work in retail hawking asian made crap. Billionares moved everything away to save another dollar. Not like in the old days when Henry Ford gave a fair wage so his employees were able to buy what they were making. Thanks right wing, be proud of what you made.


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