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New Jersey Drug Statistics and Facts

  • In 2010, New Jersey had 70,121 admissions for drug and alcohol abuse in state, private, local and non-profit substance abuse treatment centers. 67.8 percent of all those receiving treatment were male, and 32.2 percent were female.
  • In 1992, there were 16,363 New Jersey people admitted for drug abuse alone, and by 2006, the rate had doubled.
  • There were 351alcohol and drug treatment centers in New Jersey as of 2006. New Jersey is below the national average for available treatment beds.
  • Since 2003, admissions, in New Jersey, for those looking for a drug or alcohol abuse treatment with a co-occurring mental health diseases have gone from 8 percent to 21 percent in 2006.
  • Cocaine continues to be widely available throughout New Jersey and is the main drug of choice in several parts of the state.
  • 2,873 New Jersey residents were admitted, in 2010, for smoking Cocaine with an additional 1,918 people admitted for Cocaine addiction that used Cocaine by means other than smoking it.
  • Heroin abuse exceeded the list of most abused drugs in New Jersey with 22,106 people admitted for addiction treatment in 2010.
  • Marijuana is the 3rd most widely available and frequently abuse illegal drug in the New Jersey region with 11, 041 people seeking treatment in 2010.
  • The Drug Abuse Warning Network said that there were over 155 emergency room visits associated with Meth in the state of New Jersey.
  • In New Jersey, there were 7,234 people admitted for Opiate addiction, not including Heroin, in 2010.
  • Current investigations indicate that diversion of Oxycontin, hydrocodone products (like Vicodin), fentanyl, and phentermine continues to be a problem in New Jersey.
  • There were 797 deaths attributed to drug use in 2007 compared to 719 deaths from car accidents and 446 deaths from firearms. New Jersey was a bit below the national average for drug related deaths.
  • New Jersey was among the top eighteen states where drug related deaths exceeded car accidents deaths.
  • According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Meth addiction is primarily on the rise in New Hampshires seacoast area.
  • In New Jersey, about 73,000 (9.9%) adolescents used an illegal drug in the past month; 50,000 (7.3%) used Marijuana, and 33,000 (4.5%) used an illegal drug other than Marijuana.
  • The rates of current alcohol use, In New Jersey, were significantly higher for adolescent females (24.3%) than for males (17.2%). Rates of last-month cigarette use were significantly higher for females than males (15.3% versus 9.8%).
  • More than 44 percent of New Hampshire high school students have tried Marijuana at least once, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy statistics.
  • Approximately 11 percent of New Jersey students have abused inhalants at least once.
  • In 2007, 168 New Hampshire residents died from drugs while 129 were killed in car crashes.
  • Almost one in ten male high school students has tried Cocaine, in New Jersey.