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Drug crisis in U.S. hurting New Jersey residents

New Jersey residents who are accused of drug crimes know that understanding the full facts of a situation can make a big difference in someone's opinion about what has actually happened. One example of this might be a case in which a person is charged with a criminal offense involving a drug, especially an opioid. One part of the full story in these situations might actually involve a serious drug addiction.

The fact of the matter is that addictions to opioid medications has grown to epic proportions in the United States. When people develop an addiction to a drug, the risk of being involved in activities that may lead to criminal arrests increases. Instead of penalties, there is a growing need for treatment and prevention to combat the actual root cause. New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the number of admissions for opioid addiction treatment programs as well as the number of fatalities associated with opioid overdoses have all increased.

Also interesting in this trend is the fact that the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that it is not just prescription opioid medications that are part of the problem. Since 2011, heroin addiction has increased. Other synthetic drug addictions apart from methadone have grown since 2013 noticeably.

People facing serious criminal charges for drugs might want to talk with a New Jersey attorney to learn how they may seek the help they need at this time.

Source: CBS News, "The opioid epidemic in 6 charts," Andrew Kolodny, October 5, 2017

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