New Jersey Drug Rehab Is Here To Help
Known as the “Crossroads of the East”, New Jersey is located in the middle of the biggest industrial markets of Pennsylvania and New York. With New Jersey being the gateway state with many roadways, interstate highways, seaports and airports. This state is very vulnerable for transporting drugs and counterfeit currency. Increasing of drug overdoses have been reported by the medical personnel and this is causing New Jersey drug rehab programs to rise. One main drug that is causing this non fatal and fatal drug overdose in New Jersey is Fentanyl. This drug is normally used for pain relief and anesthesia in medical settings. Fentanyl is associated with a lot of the overdoses in New Jersey but this Fentanyl is manufactured in illegal labs. New Jersey has a gathering that is called Operation Undertaker and it is where they seek to find areas through the state where they are manufacturing Fentanyl.
The most common drug choice in New Jersey is cocaine. Being the most common choice in the state crack cocaine is readily available throughout New Jersey and is the choice of drugs for a lot of communities with lower incomes. International distribution organizations for cocaine, continue to be a major artery in the state of New Jersey. The price of powder cocaine has increased over the past year. One of the reasons the price has gone up is because of the numerous amounts that have been seized by law enforcement and security at the United States Market. The European markets have increased the price of cocaine to New Jersey, simply because of the risk,verses the risk of exporting to Europe. Crack and powder cocaine is packaged up into small baggies or even plastic vials and are sold in open air markets throughout the state of New Jersey.
Being the most prevalent drug in the New Jersey area, heroin is used by mostly 18-25 year old people and is used more than twice the national average. The drug methamphetamine is one of the most widely and available drugs that is being used and manufactured in N.J. The main drug trafficker is meth and of Mexican decent.
New Jersey is in the midst of a quiet drug epidemic. It has only started to make newspaper headlines; most people do not expect there to be such a rampant drug problem in the quiet suburbs. It has gone unchecked for so long because no one has thought to look for it. It is also a byproduct of the state’s affluence. When addicts can opt to go to expensive rehab facilities instead of serving jail time, a drug problem is not going to be taken seriously. The addicts in New Jersey are viewed as soft experimenters who cannot even develop proper addictions. This is a horribly false way of looking at the state’s drug problem.
When a privileged class of young adults fall victim to addiction, they experience a unique set of difficulties. Their parents often misguidedly cover up the drug use instead of working to put an end to it. Free access to large amounts of money means that an addict can arrange for safe and private drop-offs that completely evade police detection. He or she could afford a lawyer to minimize the impact of any drug charges. The basic influence of his or her parents could prevent anything from ever coming to trial. While these supposed perks are beneficial in the short run and would prevent the drug use from jeopardizing immediate school or job prospects, they set the addict up to think that he or she will always be able to get away with using illegal substances.
What Drugs Are Doing the Most Damage in New Jersey?
Surprisingly, the go-to drug for young adults in New Jersey is heroin. Teenagers have worked out complex codes that enable them to speak freely about their drug use on social media, and their parents are none the wiser. The ubiquity of cellphones allows nearly anyone to send a text message to a drug dealer. While the state’s financial demographic keeps the drug epidemic largely under wraps, it is New Jersey’s size and location that initially made it a convenient port for heroin.
In retrospect, it almost seems inevitable that New Jersey would have developed a heroin problem. The large population of doctors in the state are known for being liberal with the way they prescribe serious painkillers and other pills. People who have a lot of money do not even have to exhibit symptoms that would require such medications. They get whatever drugs they want from their doctors as long as they can pay in cash. These heavy painkillers are as addictive as heroin and are full of opiates. Heroin use is a natural extension of an addiction to painkillers. Heroin provides a stronger and less expensive high than regulated pills do. It makes sense that so many people would push past the stigma of using hard drugs in order to gain access to a better high.
Even though these addicts are buying their drugs from dealers, there is a new and distinct disconnect from any sense of danger in the transactions. They just want to keep feeling the way their medicine used to make them feel. They do not go through the darkly romanticized process of becoming junkies; at least then their descent into drug use would be more easily recognized. They rarely scour street corners for dealers. They become addicts in their doctors’ offices and then move on to a new form of the same medicine.
It should be noted that many addicts make the jump from pills to heroin when their pill stashes have been depleted. By then they are already acting like addicts, taking the pills for pleasure rather than for their intended purposes. They are surrounded by classmates who take pills for ADHD, so taking any kind of pill is socially accepted. They are away at college and do not have access to their usual doctors, so they improvise with heroin. By the time they go back home for a holiday, they are already addicted to the heroin and no longer want to bother with the relatively complicated process of scheduling a doctor’s appointment in advance. Drug dealers can be texted at any time, and they deliver the drugs right to the addicts.
Heroin is a lot cheaper than it used to be. The cost used to be viewed as possibly the biggest hurdle in developing a full-blown addiction, but this obstacle no longer exists. For young adults who have run out of pills and do not have enough money to buy more, heroin is the next best thing. It sounds strange, but heroin is affordable and accessible in ways that pills simply are not. There has been a 12 percent increase in the number of young adults who have been to rehab for their heroin addictions.
A medium-sized bag of heroin costs as little as $5 in urban areas or in towns that are in close proximity to New York or Philadelphia. That same bag could be delivered anywhere in the state for as little as $5 more. A dealer who has to drive a long distance to deliver the drugs would not charge more than $15. Drugs like marijuana that pose a relatively smaller risk cost several times that for an equivalent amount. It is possible that the prevalence of methamphetamine has caused the price of heroin to drop. People who are willing to take dangerous risks and are interested in intense highs have abandoned heroin for meth. Heroin dealers have had to adjust their market. The New Jersey town with the highest rate of rehab admissions is Cape May. Stereotypes would lead one to assume that Camden or Newark would claim that title. Obviously there is a lot about New Jersey’s heroin trade that contradicts existing ideas about the drug.
How the Epidemic Remains a Secret
Dealers are smart about developing their clienteles. They sell teenagers their first doses for incredibly discounted prices, often as low as $1. Once they are addicted, the price rises steadily. The price stays affordable, as previously mentioned, but the deeply discounted initial cost convinces teens who are on the fence about trying it to spend a few dollars and see what heroin is like. They reason that since it only costs $1, it cannot be a serious drug.
The early signs of a suburban drug epidemic have nothing to do with actual drugs, which is why the police have been looking in the wrong direction for so long. The addicts might come from money, but they are still too young to have their own jobs, and they do not want to make their parents suspicious by asking for money too frequently. Instead, they engage in petty theft and muggings to feed their habits. The crimes are relatively harmless and affect a class of victims who have money to spare, so most of the time the police never bother looking for the perpetrators. Only when people start getting physically hurt does law enforcement begin to recognize it as a significant problem.
This leads to the manner in which many of these addicts manage to avoid getting arrested for their drug use: they are arrested for theft or battery instead. They do not go to jail because their lawyers propose rehab as an effective alternative. In some towns, up to 90 percent of the crime is directly related to the local drug trade. Cities that were not even aware of their own drug problems are shocked when people start dying of overdoses. Sometimes 10 people overdose in the span of a single week. Three out of those ten people will die. The lack of an extant long-term drug culture in the suburbs means that addicts do not have access to certain kinds of common knowledge. Addicts in New York City learn tricks to prevent overdoses and to test the purity of their drugs. First-generation users in New Jersey are going into their addictions blind. Unfortunately, the police are working blind as well. Police officers who have never so much as arrested a singer user are now tasked with maintaining a control of fully-realized drug networks.
One benefit of the epidemic’s newness is that the police are not yet hardened by the frequency of drug arrests. They have not been taught by their predecessors to treat addicts like villains. They still genuinely care about these people from their small towns, and they are aware of the contemporary literature that positions addiction as an illness. They do not have any of the harmful prejudices that have plagued urban police departments. They are dealing with these issues for the first time with all of the resources that psychology and modern medicine have to offer. They are frustrated but not hopeless. This could be the key to eradicating heroin use in these areas.
Many addicts start using heroin before they are even in their teens. This is another reason why the epidemic has taken so many people by surprise. The addicts are not adults who develop their addictions in the expected ways. They enter adulthood with their addictions already intact. Any efforts to reach them before they develop addictions would be received too late. They first try drugs by experimenting with whatever their parents might have at home. Doctors prescribe larger-than-necessary bottles of painkillers following surgical procedures, leaving several pills left over. Mature adults cannot always handle sudden doses of strong opiates, so they eschew their prescriptions in favor of milder over-the-counter painkillers. They lose track of their prescription bottles. Meanwhile, their children find the bottles and get high for the first time.
People who start getting high with pills do not start using heroin by choice. Their addictions drive them to seek out other options when pills become to hard or expensive to procure. They get the pills from their doctors for as long as they can, and after that they continue to get pills through friends or dealers. The decision to start using heroin is rarely made quickly or lightly; no one is elated by the prospect of buying heroin. The progression from prescription pills to heroin addiction must become the new model for drug addiction. It used to be taught that marijuana was the gateway drug, but this is no longer true. Marijuana users experiment with mellow drugs and hallucinogenics, but hard opiates are almost never on their radar. There is a social divide between different classes of drug users than is incredibly hard to breach. The accepted order of drug experimentation needs to be rewritten to account for the way young adults are currently using drugs. The current tip sheets for sussing out addiction never told anyone that pills lead straight to heroin. Everyone is still too distracted by the debate over marijuana legalization to pay proper attention to the pill problem.
It might even be too late to start focusing on pills now. Lawmakers are starting to crack down on doctors who over-prescribe opiates, but this does nothing for the people who have already moved on from pills to heroin. This unacknowledged subgroup of twenty-something heroin addicts might be New Jersey’s biggest public safety concern. Politicians are comfortable discussing medicine, so pills are now a part of the public discourse. Few town mayors want to speak openly about the heroin addictions that have flourished under their noses, in no small part because they would be blamed for the drug use occurring in their towns. Savvy people recognize talk about pills as really being about heroin, but it is unfair to expect everyone to connect those dots on his own. In other words, New Jersey’s heroin epidemic is being kept under wraps on purpose.
This categorization is harsh, but it is warranted. It focuses on pills because it makes the parents of teenage addicts feel better about their children. Their children are spared being cast as street junkies and are given the thoroughly modern label of pillheads. This makes the parents feel as if their children do not have anything in common with the famous images of drug addicts from the ’70s and ’80s. There is a clinical aspect to being a pill addict, and there is some implied forgiveness in the label because of the built-in assumption that one could only accidentally become addicted to medicine.
Coddling parents does their children a massive disservice. Parents need to be able to face the people that their children have become. They, along with police, are reluctant to switch their focus from pills to heroin. They are comforted by the belief that they can solve the problem simply by recognizing what caused it. They are lost when tasked with locating heroin dealers. It is much easier to visit doctors and regulate their prescriptions. Police officers who are accustomed to navigating open and legal channels of healthcare professionals might not have any experience when it comes to forcing illegal heroin sales out into the open. The luxury of maintaining peace in already-peaceful towns has created a crop of policemen who do not know what to do when they are actually needed.
Governor Christie has finally taken notice of the problem, and he is making strides toward addressing it by first gathering as much information as possible. When his task force’s findings are made public, people will have no choice but to acknowledge the widespread heroin use in New Jersey. They will have to start speaking about it in terms of heroin, not just pills.
Heroin poses a unique set of threats to New Jersey because people tend to use it and then get in their cars. New Jersey already has a problem with erratic and dangerous driving, so the thought of adding heroin to that is scary. It is not a connection that is immediately drawn, but it is the one that could do the most damage. People who use heroin at home could easily go undetected forever. People who drive while high run the risk of hurting themselves or other people. Even if they do not hurt anyone, there is a great likelihood of being pulled over and charged for driving while intoxicated. Sometimes there are more high drivers than drunk drivers on the road.
As with all addictive substances, frequent users eventually progress to a stage where they need to take heroin just so they can function at the most basic level. This means that they need the drug in their systems at all times, even when they do not want to get high. They regularly drive in this state.
New Jersey’s heroin is 50 percent pure. It is shipped directly from South America to Newark International Airport. The heroin passes through only a few hands, which is why it stays so pure and so cheap. There are no complex rings of drug trade, just individual dealers who receive their shipments and proceed to sell to their clients. The methods of detecting drug sales in other parts of the country do not work in New Jersey because access to the airport allows the process to be quick and direct.
How Can This Problem Be Solved?
There are no easy solutions for a heroin epidemic. The most apparent fix, monitoring pill use, is no longer effective. Parents would be wise to keep an eye on their own medications, their children’s spending habits, and any occurrences of crime in their neighborhoods.
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