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Barnegat Among 45 New Jersey Towns With The Most Heroin And Opiate Abuse

The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman reinforced how much heroin is plaguing all parts of America. Lower Township, once ranked by New Jersey Monthly magazine as the 34th best place to live, just 30 miles from Ocean City, is on the list.

Last month, Patch exposed the 20 communities in New Jersey with the largest number of reported heroin and opiate abuse cases in 2012, the most recent year available. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, however, reinforced and illuminated how much the heroin epidemic is plaguing all parts of America.

Heroin abuse is no longer a scourge that's confined to the nation's crime-ridden areas. In some New Jersey counties, heroin abuse was a major factor in a steep increase in drug abuse cases over the past year. In Ocean County, the number of overdoses doubled from 2012 to 2013. Cape May County had the highest number of per capita heroin and opiate abuse cases in 2012.

In the wake of Hoffman's death, we expanded our list, based on statistics provided by the Division of Addiction Services in the New Jersey Department of Human Services. The list shows the town and the number of cases reported in 2012.

There are 565 towns in New Jersey. These communities make up the top 7 percent.
anonymous February 07, 2014 at 02:37 AM
We are already in Afghanistan where most of this stuff is grown legally why cant we just burn the huge poppy farms down and say we did it for national security. We use that excuse for everything else when we decide to do what we want. Afghanistan grows almost 80% of heroin that hits the streets in the US. Why are we not doing anything about this?????? Anyone have any ideas???? anonymous
John B Taxpayer February 07, 2014 at 06:25 AM
The Military will not destroy these fields, as it would turn more of the population against us. But the Taliban are the ones reaping the harvest and capitalizing on the sales/profits, as their main source of revenue. A heroin junkie is the most desperate of all. They also know that the population is unarmed, Perfect!
Elaine Taylor February 07, 2014 at 08:31 AM
It is unfortunate that Mayor McCabe, Committeeman Lisella and Committeeman Bille decided to table the ordinance that I introduced that would have made landlords more responsible when renting their units. It followed the HUD rules, and would have required background checks. If the individual had two or more major convictions, the landlord would not have been able to rent to them. This was the first step in cleaning up crime in this area. But, due to politics, this will not happen.
John B Taxpayer February 07, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Elaine, Those rules are Nanny State, the government has no right in private matters
Elaine Taylor February 07, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Respectfully disagree. We continue to rent to the same individuals and expect different results. The ordinance was legal and upheld in court in NJ. If background checks were required, we eliminate undesirables and rent to individuals who enhance our community. Mr. Taxpayer, if you lived next to a renter, would you rather have an upstanding citizen or someone who has been convicted a couple of times for a major crime? If government has no right in private matters, what would you propose in order to keep Barnegat safe?
kazoome February 07, 2014 at 10:53 AM
these towns are on the list because there making arrests and doing something about the problem......all those other little towns either don't have the resources or don't want to spend the money to fight the battle
Howard Effron February 07, 2014 at 09:01 PM
Elaine, why don't you explain to us why "politics" did not make your ordinance happen? And be specific please. This is a quote from our crappy minutes on our township website from the 9-17-2013 committee meeting - "S. McCabe – The idea that Committeewoman Taylor has come up with, in regards to the ordinance, is ingenious. This puts those absentee landlords in a responsible position of their tenants." Care to explain your change of mind mayor?
Susan Conway February 07, 2014 at 11:44 PM
Mr. Effron: The landlord tenant ordinance will be re-introduced at the next committee meeting in a form and content that will comply with FHA anti-discriminatory rules and streamline the administrative process so that the ordinance will be legal and enforceable. This revised ordinance will receive my full support. I will provide complete details regarding the applicable laws, the changes made and the administrative changes set to be put in place. -Susan McCabe Mayor
Elaine Taylor February 08, 2014 at 12:24 AM
I refuse to get into a public debate with Mrs. McCabe, however, the first ordinance was totally legal. The following FHA anti-discriminatory rules do not apply to the situation we were trying to correct: According to the FHA, “The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in rental, sales or home lending transactions based on a person’s national origin. This includes discrimination based on a person’s ancestry, country of birth outside the United States, and the language they speak. National origin discrimination often involves immigrants or non-English speaking individuals, but can also involve native-born U. S. citizens based on their family ancestry.”
Susan Conway February 08, 2014 at 12:31 AM
Thank you Committeewoman Taylor for addressing my comment to Mr. Effron. Could not agree more that communications between committee members be reserved for the committee. Nevertheless, to avoid any miscommunication, be advised that the provision you cite is not the provision I am referencing as the ordinance did not implicate national origin. Rather, I am addressing the provision that specifically forbids a landlord from denying tenancy to an individual based upon prior convictions for drug use/abuse. Of course I remain available to you or any citizen who wishes to discuss via email or phone. Regards - Mayor McCabe
Eric Thomas February 10, 2014 at 06:21 AM
The legality of an ordinance is the bailiwick of the township attorney. Given the fact that the TC sees fit to meet but once per month (assuming it doesn't cancel), I would think an ordinance can be sent to the attorney for review prior to it being brought to the floor. Mrs. Taylor is absolutely correct. Quality of Life in Barnegat is deteriorating; the police blotter (whatever morsels of it make the papers) speak to this undeniable fact. It is a disgrace that Barnegat ranks #43 concerning heroin. A sad testimonial to how the town has been permitted to go downhill while elected officials squabble over minutia. Get busy. You are being paid.
Tired of this place February 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM
It's terrible. That they are hiding manahawkin. Is just as bad as Barnegat

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