Jersey Shore Struggling With Heroin Addiction

nidaheroinAlthough New Jersey has been in the news a lot lately due to controversies surrounding Governor Chris Christie, there are more serious problems in the state. The number of overdose deaths related to heroin and prescription drugs keeps climbing, especially in areas like Ocean County on the coast.

Angelo Valente, executive director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey told NBC News that, “It is a suburban epidemic facing us throughout New Jersey. A lot of suburban counties are affected at dangerous levels.”

Ocean County was responsible for 11 percent of all treatment admissions in 2011 and again in 2012, even though it has less than seven percent of the state’s population. The number of overdose deaths nearly doubled from 57 to 112 last year, which is about 10 percent of the state’s total, and there have already been a few heroin overdose deaths this year.

Last year Governor Christie signed into law the Overdose Protection Act in an attempt to save more lives. According to a news release announcing the enactment, The legislation aims to help prevent drug overdose deaths in New Jersey by providing legal protection in specific situations to people seeking to help others who are in an overdose situation.

One of the best ways to prevent an overdose is to intervene when an addiction has become known. If you have a loved one in need of a drug intervention in New Jersey or any other state, contact Family First Intervention today for more information and help.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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