Morris County NJ law enforcement is cracking down on drug crimes and looking to arrest people who are allegedly distributing illegal narcotics.
Additionally, Morris County authorities are also trying to get drug users and addicts to beat their drug addictions. As part of this ambitious effort, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office announced plans to hold symposiums about how to fight heroin addiction and prescription opioid addiction.
Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic resulting in a high number of overdoses, some fatal, throughout New Jersey and the rest of the U.S. Moreover, many people addicted to prescription drugs end up turning to heroin because it is cheaper and easier to acquire.
Statistics indicate that more than 33,000 people in the United States died from fatal prescription drug overdoses in 2015. In Morris County NJ, 64 people died due to prescription painkiller overdoses in 2016.
So far in 2017, the numbers have been even worse: at least 23 people in Morris County have already overdosed on prescription drugs.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office hopes that the upcoming drug symposiums will “stem the tide of addiction and related deaths.” The symposiums are scheduled for April and May and will be held at high schools in Dover, Kinnelon, Montville, and Roxbury.
For additional information, see the NJ.com article, “Morris Prosecutor to Hold Local Symposiums on Opiate Addiction Crisis.”