New Jersey Blanketed By Drug Overdoses

New Jersey Blanketed By Drug Overdoses

It’s a grim story all across the Garden State. At least 1,901 people died from opioid overdoses in New Jersey last year. This is more than twice the number of people from the state who died in the attacks on Sept. 11.

Deaths involving heroin and fentanyl continued a meteoric rise in the Garden State, according to new data obtained by NJ Advance Media. Those involving heroin have more than doubled since 2013, while fentanyl-related deaths have risen an eye-popping 2,000% in the same span.

“I don’t think the American people can sit by and tolerate this level of death for much longer,” Gov. Chris Christie said in an interview earlier this month.

The crisis is disproportionally affecting Millienials. While opioids killed scores in every generation in New Jersey last year, nearly a third were between 25 and 35 years old, according to the data.


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