New Jersey suffers from the abuse of many illicit drugs, with heroin and marijuana abuse on the rise. Cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy continue to be readily available throughout New Jersey as well. According to reports from the Treatment Episode Data Set, dug only admissions accounted for over 50% of the total treatment admissions in New Jersey. Law enforcement made more than 40,000 drug arrests within the state during 2008. Reports from the 2006-2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that approximately 167,000 citizens of New Jersey reported past year drug dependence or abuse, approximately 113,000 reported past year drug dependence, and approximately 139,000 citizens reported needing but not receiving treatment for drug use within the last year.
New Jersey Remains to Struggle with Cocaine Abuse
The most popular drug in New Jersey continues to be cocaine and it is the drug of choice throughout the state. Both powder and crack cocaine are readily available, and crack is frequently a problem within many lower income communities. Federal agencies within New Jersey seized more than 1,500 kilograms of cocaine during 2008, and approximately 30% of of federal drug cases involved cocaine.
Heroin Abuse Continues to be the Leading Cause of Rehab Admissions in NJ
Heroin continues to be the most dangerous abused drug within New Jersey. The rate of heroin use in New Jersey among citizens age 18-25 is more than double the national average. Heroin purity levels within the state remain among the highest in the nation which is another major concern for law enforcement in New Jersey. During 2008, heroin accounted for approximately 35% of drug rehab admissions, and has consistently been the leading cause of admission.
Meth Abuse in NJ jas Increased with the Availability
In terms of clandestine manufactured drugs, methamphetamine is the most available and widely abused in New Jersey. Mexican drug trafficking organizations transport the majority of the meth found in the state, and are the leading contributors to the increasing availability in southern New Jersey. State authorities reported a total of 3 meth lab incidents during 2008.
An Overwhelming Availability of Marijuana Devastates the State
Marijuana continues to be the most widely available and abused drug in New Jersey, with the majority being transported from Mexico and Canada and Jamaica to a lesser extent. During 2008 there were more than 2,500 marijuana plants eradicated and seized.
Additional data from the 2006-2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated that approximately 469,000 New Jersey citizens reported the use of an illicit drug within the past month.