Opioid addiction has many negative effects. Perhaps most dramatically, it can lead to a fatal overdose. In 2017, nearly 50,000 Americans died of opioid-related overdoses and more than 70,000 died of overdoses from all drugs. More than 2,600 of those overdoses happened in New Jersey, making New Jersey ninth overall among the states in total drug overdose deaths.

Terrible though this outcome is, there are many other consequences of opioid addiction. Opioid addiction ruins relationships damages your health, hurts your career and finances and can get you into legal trouble. IV drug use increases your risk of serious infections, including HIV and hepatitis. It also increases your risky behavior, including risky sex, which can lead to infections and unwanted pregnancies. Babies born to mothers addicted to opioids often suffer from neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, which means the baby has to go through opioid withdrawal after being born. Cases of NAS have been increasing along with fatal overdoses for the past 15 years.

Drug Overdoses in Camden County and Pennsauken, New Jersey

Overdose deaths have continued to rise in New Jersey as they have for the US in general. Between 2016 and 2017, the overdose death rate in New Jersey increased nearly 30 percent, from 23.2 deaths per 100,000 people in 2016 to 30 deaths per 100,000 people in 2017. The overdose death rate for New Jersey in 2017 was also nearly 50 percent higher than the death rate for the US overall and the increase from 2016 to 2017 was sharper, indicating a worrying trend.

Treatment Centers in Camden County and Pennsauken, New Jersey

The opioid crisis has provoked a response from the government at the local, state, and federal levels. At the beginning of 2019, the governor of New Jersey announced policy initiatives aimed at improving the state’s response to the opioid crisis. These policies include greater access to evidence-based treatment, creating a more supportive environment for people trying to start or maintain recovery, creating a data-sharing infrastructure for addiction, and improving law enforcement to reduce the flow of illicit drugs and help more people enter treatment rather than jail.

These new measures mean it’s easier than ever for people seeking treatment in New Jersey to get the care they need. When looking for treatment, it’s essential to find a program that delivers individualized care to fit your situation. That means finding an appropriate level of care and also finding a program that treats the root causes of addiction, addressing the mental, physical, and spiritual factors that contribute to a substance use disorder.

To learn more about our holistic approach to recovering from addiction in New Jersey, explore our website or call us at 833-801-LIVE.