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.
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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