Treatment for Heroin Use Leads Substance-Abuse Programs in Garden State

Latest data from NJ Department of Human Services indicates heroin accounts for more than 40 percent of treatments statewide

Nearly 77,000 New Jerseyans received treatment for substance abuse last year, a 10 percent increase over 2015, according to the latest data from the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

The DHS released on Wednesday its annual Substance Abuse Overview report for the state. The report provides details about those admitted to and discharged from drug- and alcohol-abuse treatment programs, including the age, sex, and education of those treated; the types of addiction; and the outcomes.

Last year, 53,511 individuals sought treatment, resulting in 76,509 admissions, meaning some were treated more than once. Both the number of individuals and the number of admissions rose by about 10 percent over the prior year. In 2016, 52,563 people accounted for 74,291 discharges, also up between 10 percent and 11 percent from 2015.

Heroin accounted for the greatest proportion — 43 percent — of treatments statewide. The largest number of those treated came from Ocean County, making up 10 percent of all admissions.

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