Have drugs impacted your life or the life of a loved one? If so, there is help for you in the Elizabeth, New Jersey area. Call our hotline now to learn the personalized rehabilitation options available to you.As the largest city in Union County, New Jersey, Elizabeth holds a population of about 124,969.The city, which was originally called “Elizabethtown,” was ranked as one of the greenest cities in 2008, according to Popular Science magazine.Notably, famous author, Judy Blume, spent her childhood in Elizabeth. The current residents of Elizabeth, and their children, enjoy the 46 parks offered by the city, including Warinanco Park, which was designed by the same landscape architect who laid out Central Park in New York City.
Drug Abuse and Addiction in Elizabeth, New Jersey
With a rapidly growing Heroin epidemic, Elizabeth has seen overdoses nearly double from 2010 to 2013. As the highly addictive drug becomes more popular among substance abusers, Elizabeth has experienced drug dealing and trafficking at historic levels. In fact, just recently, an Elizabeth man was arrested in connection with operating a drug trafficking organization. During the investigation, officials seized approximately 3 million dollars worth of Heroin from two Heroin processing mills. Also seized were weapons, a vehicle with a concealed storage compartment, Heroin processing materials such as facemasks and strainers, and even a bulletproof vest. Other recent arrests have yielded large seizures of illicit drugs as well, including another Elizabeth pair who were caught with approximately $37,000.00 worth of Heroin and Cocaine. As the demand for Heroin increases in the area, the drug busts become more complex, often resulting in arrests of multiple individuals, investigation into local gangs, and associated non-narcotics charges such as:
- Unlawful receipt of a credit card;
- Eluding police;
- Child endangerment;
- Various weapons offenses; and even
While the arrests of local drug dealers are certainly a success, the origins of the drugs begin at an international level. Cartels, typically from Columbia or Mexico, send their raw product to distributors. These distributors run Heroin mills, where the product is processed. This entails mill workers grinding and packaging the Heroin for dispersal to gangs, who in turn sell to local dealers. Often, the workers are immigrants who are enticed by the pay. Distributors can afford to pay their workers well because turning the raw product into a saleable one is extremely lucrative. While the pay may be tempting, the work is deplorable. Workers man their stations for countless hours, sometimes forced to wear only underwear as a form of theft prevention. With secrecy being a key factor in the industry, the substance abuser often does not know where the product has come from. Frequently, drugs such as Heroin are covertly cut with other substances, such as Fentanyl, which is extremely lethal. With obvious drug issues ravaging the state, it is unfortunate that one of New Jersey’s most prominent anti-drug programs, D.A.R.E., is shutting its doors. After a change in curriculum and a costly lawsuit, D.A.R.E.’s parent corporation has stopped the New Jersey branch’s operation. Fortunately, New Jersey hosts numerous other federally funded drug prevention coalitions such as:
- Bernards Township Municipal Alliance;
- Burlington County Coalition for Healthy Communicates;
- Community Action Partnership of Warren County;
- Community Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Morris;
- Cumberland County Healthy Communities Coalition;
- Hudson County Coalition for a Drug Free Community;
- Hunterdon County Safe Communities Coalition;
- The Middlesex County Substance Abuse Coalition;
- The Prevention Coalition of Monmouth County; and
- Vernon Coalition.
The programs are a necessity across New Jersey, as drug abuse and addiction reaches far and wide. Substance abuse does not discriminate and impacts people of all races, ages, socioeconomic statuses, and genders. In fact, Heroin mills are increasingly located in the suburbs due, in part, to the demand from middle-class individuals. Furthermore, folks all across the country, young and old, are becoming addicted to prescription pain medication. As the number of prescriptions for drugs like Oxycontin grow, the number of addicts also climbs. Sadly, as prescriptions become unavailable, many turn to the street, where painkillers can cost upwards of $35.00 per pill. As a result, abusers tend to switch to cheaper alternatives, such as Heroin. Anyone with access to prescription medications has a chance of becoming addicted.With access to drugs being ample due to the demand, New Jersey took preventative measures by creating a prescription drug monitoring program, to track the disbursement of said medications.
Rehabilitation Opportunities in Elizabeth, New Jersey
If you are looking for help on the road to health, please contact our hotline today. Representatives will give you various options to lead you down the path of recovery. Don’t contribute to the growing statistics on overdoses, contribute to the number of people who have successfully beat addiction and abuse.