Heroin use in the United States has skyrocketed over the last decade. With a significant rise in cases of heroin overdoses across the nation, the situation is turning from bad to worse. Recently, at least six people succumbed to heroin overdoses in Atlantic City, New Jersey (N.J.), proving that the calamity is here to stay.
On Jan. 26, 2017, the Atlantic City Police warned the people in a Facebook post, about a potentially “bad batch” of heroin on the streets of Atlantic City. According to the police, heroin bags stamped “King of Death” were to be blamed for at least two of the overdose deaths. As per the reports, over the past week, six of those 10 overdoses resulted in death.
The post further revealed that on Jan. 25, 2017, patrol officers, along with medical personnel, responded to six overdoses in just six hours. While four people were revived post administering Narcan, the deadly overdose claimed two innocent lives. Meanwhile, the Nassau County Police Department had warned the public to be aware of the situation and call 911 immediately, in case someone was found to be using heroin and experiencing an overdose.
As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2014 to 2015, N.J. witnessed a significant increase in heroin overdoses that claimed nearly 1,500 lives.
Measures taken by the state to curb rising opioid-related overdose deaths
In 2015, driven by the continued rise in the use of heroin and its deadly cousin fentanyl, drug overdose deaths have reached newer heights in New Jersey. According to the recent data from the New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office, there were 1,587 drug overdose deaths in the state, reflecting a 21 percent increase as compared to the previous year. As per the data, while heroin contributed to 918 deaths due to overdose, fentanyl stood second with 417 deaths.
Lately, drug abuse has tragically progressed from prescription painkillers to cheaper heroin alternatives to a dose of fentanyl that is often mixed with less potent opioids, said the Attorney General Christopher Porrino. In order to address the menace, effective action is being taken on multiple fronts by the state, he added.
On January 17, 2017, in front of a small group of people recovering from an addiction, Governor Chris Christie signed an executive order declaring opioid drug abuse as a public health crisis in N.J. The order called for the creation of an eight-member task force that will be responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive strategy to combat the epidemic of drug addiction. Among other things, the executive order also directed the state attorney general to limit opioid prescriptions and urged the commissioner of education to develop a new curriculum to teach students about the dangers of substance abuse. Calling it as one of the most challenging issues facing the state as well as the nation, the governor said that the executive order is aimed at recognizing the severity of the crisis and that it would pull together the efforts of all state government agencies to confront it.
Road to recovery
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