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Powerful map shows impact of opioid crisis in New Jersey

September 27, 2017 – Every state is searching for answers to help residents as the nation’s drug epidemic continues to take a devastating toll, but it’s difficult to see the impact in news stories.

This week, NJ.com published a map that shows just how widespread the crisis is by charting where every person who died due to opioid overdose in 2016 last maintained a residence. The map highlights that the opioid epidemic can affect every community and person within the area.

Raising awareness and educating the public is crucial in the battle against the disease of addiction.

Malvern Institute operates an outpatient center in New Jersey, located at 401 Kings Highway South, Building #1 in Cherry Hill, Camden County.

Via the article:

The majority of the deaths involved heroin, but the meteoric rise of fentanyl could soon make it the state’s most deadly drug.  Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid originally designed to treat end-stage cancer patients. It can be up to 25 times as powerful as street-level heroin.

The data also shows an uptick in deaths involving cocaine. The stimulant was found in the system of 498 people who died as a result of opioids, up from 310 in 2014.

The trends in New Jersey mirror that of the country at large. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that about 64,000 people had died from drug overdoses in 2016, the majority of which involved opioids.

If you or a loved one are living with addiction and have any questions about the Malvern Intervention Services or the Malvern 90-Day Model, please give us a call at 610.MALVERN (610.625.8376).

Read the full story on NJ.com.

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