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Lacey Among New Jersey Towns With The Most Heroin And Opiate Abuse

The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman reinforced how much heroin is plaguing all parts of America. Lower Township, once ranked by New Jersey Monthly magazine as the 34th best place to live, just 30 miles from Ocean City, is on the list.

Last month, Patch exposed the 20 communities in New Jersey with the largest number of reported heroin and opiate abuse cases in 2012, the most recent year available. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, however, reinforced and illuminated how much the heroin epidemic is plaguing all parts of America.

Heroin abuse is no longer a scourge that's confined to the nation's crime-ridden areas. In 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. Cape May County had the highest number of per capita heroin and opiate abuse cases in 2012.

In the wake of Hoffman's death, we expanded our list, based on statistics provided by the Division of Addiction Services in the New Jersey Department of Human Services. The list shows the town and the number of cases reported in 2012.

There are 565 towns in New Jersey. These communities make up the top 7 percent.
grace February 07, 2014 at 09:27 AM
heres the thing i have two children in their early 30s and i am still frightened to death that one day...it seems you just never know..wish there was a way to remove this drug from the united states!!
Tom Davis (Editor) February 07, 2014 at 09:53 AM
what can we do, Grace, and everybody? It's cheaper than ever and becoming more acceptable
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y o y in this world February 07, 2014 at 10:22 AM
It is sad that even when the dealers go to jail, it is not long enough. See the same names hit the papers all the time. Some dealers went in for a few months or a year. The dealer's keep coming. Instead of getting a real job they do this. Do they care that people are dying from doing this. NO WAY, THEY DON'T CARE. JUST MOVE ON AND FIND NEW PEOPLE TO SELL IT TO. All they say is that they were stupid. I wish there was a better place to live an not have to worry about stupid drug dealers convincing kids this is the way to go.... PARENTS YOU BETTER GET MORE INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILDREN.. IF YOU DON'T THIS COULD BE YOU.
Robert Yates February 07, 2014 at 10:48 AM
The first thing we should do is legalize all drugs. They will then enter the open market place, where competition will largely drive out the bad products. Decriminalization will also free up law enforcement and the legal system so that they can deal with real crimes against people and property. We continue to educate everyone regarding the destructive effects of intoxicating substances. We should continue to culturally shun the choice to use. But when it does occur, we should treat the inclination and subsequent addiction as a mental disease, which should be addressed accordingly. Addicts should not be criminals; they should be patients (provided they want to be patients of course). The issue should be dealt with outside the public sphere to the greatest extent possible. Government does most things poorly, inefficiently and shortsighted. The failure of their efforts with respect to drugs should make this clear. It is time to try something different. Don't bet on it though. There are too many special interests with their hands in the money pot.
diane February 07, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Hey Patch, how about posting something positive about our town? I have lived in Lacey for over twenty years and it is a town full of good, decent people. To read the Patch, it's all about drugs, shoplifting and massage parlors, oh yes and plenty of advertising. How about using some your cutting edge journalistic skills to recognize some of the good things and write something positive. And what's with the special bulletins about drugs, drugs, drugs? All of the drug talk certainly does no good for moral and the value of our homes. I think the Lacey Police Department is doing excellent work against the monumental evil of drugs. And they are everywhere, not just Lacey. Think it's time to unsubscribe to Patch.

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