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Heroin Addiction in New Jersey ShoreAfter countless deaths, accidental overdoses, crimes, imprisonments, hospitalizations, and increasing prescription medication distribution, New Jersey is faced with one question: How can the epidemic stop or slow down?

It will take more than one approach, and the widespread help of law enforcement, doctors, and parents, who have direct influence and contact at home. And that's where many abusive behaviors begin in the first place, at home: teens sneaking into unlocked medicine cabinets, or into their parents' bedrooms, finding ways to get a few drugs for themselves or friends, or attempting to make profit from selling them at school. College students also use prescription medications for recreational use at parties, raves, concerts, and recently for studying purposes. In addition, prescription monitoring programs are available to doctors to track down or red flag any suspicious behavior that display possible signs of abuse or even addiction.

Ocean New Jersey unfortunately witnessed 53 deaths in 2012, while in 2013 alone heroin and prescription opiates combined have killed 89 people (up until September) combined, which equals about one death every three days. Drug dealers and distributors are also being pressured with well-trained narcotic teams and police officers, who have been educated and taught about what is going on in their beloved communities. And it's not always drug dealers or criminals. Sellers and users are also regular people with regular lives: students, teachers, lawyers, doctors, and even doctors themselves are falling into addiction and dependency issues.

Open discussions and family meetings can make all the difference. The fact is that if education can be sent to schools, then education can also be done in family households. Parents are being urged to not only warn their kids about drug abuse and addiction, but also have open discussion with them; allowing them to ask questions, and closing the barrier of awkwardness that sometimes prevail over "family talks." The situation needs to be addressed comfortably and more often in order for changes to be made. As one article recently emphasized in New Jersey, the deaths are real, the tears are real, and the abuse is definitely real.

Hopefully in the near future, it will no longer be the case that resources used for addiction treatment and rehab agencies will not be "grossly inadequate." In 2011, New Jersey had about 361 addiction treatment facilities, with a total of over 6,000 beds. However, the number of individuals who might attempt to seek inpatient or outpatient rehab reaches to about 72,000, nowhere near the amount that rehabs are prepared for. There are far too many cases, and the epidemic, although addressed and acknowledged, has yet to slow down.