New Jersey Substance Abuse Statistics

Like most other states in the US, New Jersey’s greatest public health threat is the widespread availability of opioids including illegal drugs, such as heroin, and legal prescription painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone. However, thousands of Garden State residents also suffer from addictions to alcohol and other hard drugs, and many of those addicts abuse more than one substance simultaneously. Fortunately, there are literally thousands of drug and alcohol rehabs in New Jersey and beyond to fit the special needs of any patient.

New Jersey Drug Addiction Statistics

According to New Jersey Substance Abuse Monitoring System statistics, there were 69,477 hospital admissions for substance abuse treatment during 2015. Of those admissions, there were only 48,640 unique clients, which means that over 13,000 patients were admitted more than once during the year. About 67 percent of all patients were male, and 32 percent were female. Ocean, Monmouth, and Essex counties had the highest rates of admissions.

While NJ ranks 39th in the nation when it comes to overall substance abuse rates, the state leads the nation in the number of teenagers who say they’ve encountered drugs at school. According to a 2017 study, 30.7 percent of New Jersey high school students reported either buying, selling or being offered illegal substances while on school property.

Alcohol Abuse Statistics in New Jersey

Alcohol accounted for more than a quarter of drug-related treatment admissions in 2015, which makes booze the second-most abused substance in New Jersey behind only heroin.

  • Between 2002-2012, the rate of binge drinking among women in New Jersey rose 21 percent.
  • Nonetheless, adult men are still about three times more likely to abuse alcohol according to data from 2015.
  • Around 15 percent of NJ high school students claim to have had their first drink before age 13.

According to the NJ Department of Transportation and Highway Safety, arrests for driving while under the influence of alcohol jumped to an average of 1522 per month in 2016 up from 1304 per month in 2015.

Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics in New Jersey

Millions of Americans take legal prescription opioids to manage chronic pain and other health conditions; however, an alarming number of individuals are dependent on such drugs that are intended to help people. The opiates oxycodone and hydrocodone are among the most commonly abused prescription drugs, but anti-anxiety medications like benzodiazepines are also habit forming and dangerous if abused. These drugs are often obtained legally and then sold at a premium on the black market.

  • In January 2017, the New Jersey Governor signed an executive order declaring opioid drug abuse a statewide crisis and allocated new funds to treatment resources.
  • About 70 percent of NJ teens who abuse prescription drugs report regularly getting their drug of choice from either a friend or a family member.
  • In early 2017, a law was passed limiting opioid prescriptions to 5-day supplies except for in special cases.

Illegal Substance Abuse Statistics in New Jersey

Aside from opioids, hard drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine remain readily available in New Jersey in 2017. The production of meth poses particular risks to communities because the drug is usually cooked in makeshift labs that produce highly flammable and toxic fumes.

  • According to the DEA’s registry of meth labs, more than 200 meth labs were seized across the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut in 2014 alone.
  • According to the Governor’s Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, NJ is home to some of the cheapest and purest heroin in the country. Bags of heroin sell for as little as $5.
  • 39 percent of youth under the age of 17 in NJ have smoked marijuana at least once according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Substance abuse rates among teens are about the same in rural, urban and suburban communities.

Combined Substance Abuse Statistics in New Jersey

Decades of research suggests that addictions have less to do with specific substances and more to do with genetic and environmental factors that predispose people to addiction. Therefore, it’s no surprise that many patients seek help for addiction to multiple substances. Unfortunately, the risks of serious medical consequences increase when drugs are combined. For example, consuming alcohol can intensify the effect of many prescription medications. People with a history of mental illness are especially vulnerable to addiction, and the reverse is true as well. Consequently, mental health support is considered a crucial part of any substance abuse treatment program.

  • In 2010, 9,254 individuals were admitted to substance abuse treatment for alcohol and at least one other substance.
  • At least 54 percent of patients admitted for substance abuse treatment in 2015 had a
    mental illness or other co-occurring health disorder.
  • Resources at state drug and alcohol rehabs in New Jersey are dangerously lacking; a 2013 report suggested that only 25 percent of addicts in New Jersey were receiving the treatment they needed.

Lakeview Health Offers Substance Abuse Treatment to Patients From All Across the US

Ease of access to substance abuse treatment varies by region; however, Lakeview Health’s mission is to provide treatment for everyone who needs it regardless of where they live. Our facilities in Florida support Americans from all over the country who are struggling with alcohol and drug addictions. Our highly qualified medical staff are aware of the unique challenges facing specific populations, and we are committed to helping patients overcome any logistical hurdles to obtaining care. If you or someone you know is seeking professional help to quit drugs or alcohol, call 866-704-7692 to speak with a member of our admissions team and learn more about our treatment programs.