Some 1,600 New Jersey residents died in 2015 from drug overdoses, up 22 percent from 2014, according to the state Medical Examiner’s Office.
From 2011 to 2016, overdoses in the county from heroin and other opiates rose 46 percent, from 57 to 83.
Youths aged 12 to 17, or young adults aged 18 to 25, were more likely to misuse prescription drugs in the past year than adults aged 26 or older, according to the substance abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an operating division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Nearly 80 percent of Americans using heroin (including those in treatment) reported misusing prescription opioids prior to using heroin, some individuals reported taking up heroin because it is cheaper and easier to obtain than prescription opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Most teenagers who abuse prescription drugs are given them for free by a friend or relative, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.