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As of November 2014, there were an estimated 15 million people who suffered from opioid dependence and addiction around the world.1 This is a staggering statistic that highlights the widespread problem of opioid abuse. This problem holds true for Secaucus, New Jersey too.
In 2016, 112 people were admitted to substance abuse treatment sites in Secaucus, New Jersey, a city located in Hudson County. Of those, 52 used heroin or other opiates as their primary drug of choice.2 In the wider Hudson County, 4,294 residents were admitted to substance abuse treatment centers; heroin was the primary drug for 1,404 people while 151 used other opiates. This means that 37% of Hudson County residents admitted to substance abuse treatment centers in 2016 were addicted to opioids.2
Outside the legal, mental, financial, and social problems associated with opioid dependence and addiction, opioid abuse also comes with extremely serious and potentially life-threatening medical risks. Due to their pharmacological effects, opioids, especially when taken in high doses, may cause respiratory problems and even death.
An overdose can be recognized by the opioid overdose triad: pinpoint pupils, unconsciousness, and respiratory depression.1 An estimated 0.65% of opioid-dependent individuals die from an opioid overdose every year.1
Some are at greater risk for a fatal overdose, including those with an opioid dependence who have a reduced tolerance from detox, incarceration, or treatment. Injecting opioids is another risk factor, as is combining opioids with alcohol and/or sedatives. In fact, combinations of sedatives, alcohol, and opioids are seen frequently in fatal overdoses.1
If you or a family member suffer from opioid dependence or addiction, it is not too late to get help. Browse our directory today to find a treatment program in or around Secaucus that suits your needs.
- World Health Organization. (2014). Information Sheet on Opioid Overdose.
- Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. (2017). New Jersey Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Substance Abuse Overview 2016.
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