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In 2014, opiate and opioid overdoses killed more than 28 thousand Americans (The Associated Press). According to the CDC, 1,253 (or 4.5 percent) of these deaths occurred in New Jersey. While such statistics can be overwhelming, state and nationwide treatment for addiction is improving and becoming more accessible. (Read more about Opioid Addiction Treatment NJ below.)
The Opioid Epidemic
“The latest overdose outbreak shows just how dangerous the heroin epidemic has gotten,” reads one of today’s Washington Post headlines following 26 overdoses in just four hours in Huntington, West Virginia.
Heroin is a semi-synthetic opiate, and the ‘heroin epidemic’ contributes to the larger opioid epidemic. (Other semi-synthetic opiates include commonly prescribed drugs such as oxycodone. For more information on types of opiates, read here.)
This epidemic, which includes abuse of heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioids, is considered be the worst public health crisis in recent US history.
In NJ alone, nearly 270 thousand adults use pain relievers for non-medical purposes.
In order to address the opioid epidemic, a number of laws have been created to increase funding for opioid treatment and better regulate painkiller prescriptions. NJ has begun to see such funding, receiving $1 million in March 2016.
“The money will be used primarily for medication-assisted treatment. Heroin and opioid admissions accounted for 49 percent of all substance abuse admissions in New Jersey, the highest in at least a decade.” -NJ.com
An additional $22 million could be added to state funding under President Obama’s new $1.1 billion treatment and prevention plan.
Currently, medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction is available at GenPsych.
Opioid Addiction Treatment NJ
GenPsych’s Opioid Addiction Treatment
GenPsych specializes in the treatment of opiate addiction and is licensed to provide Suboxone for medically-assisted detoxification through our Ambulatory Detox Program.
This outpatient detox program allows individuals to receive medication, support, and recovery resources during the day, while returning to their homes at night. Ambulatory detox from drugs and alcohol is available at our Bridgewater location.
For those who have safely detoxed and are seeking continued opioid addiction treatment NJ, we offer Adult Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis Treatment programs throughout our four locations.
We accept all private insurance and can schedule same day or next (business) day appointments.
Transportation accommodations are available for most New Jersey residents.