Gerard McAleer is the chief of detectives at the prosecutor’s office and worked at the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) office in New Jersey from 2006 to 2010. He says he believes that fentanyl will soon overtake heroin as the number one cause of opiate deaths in the state: “I think heroin will go by the wayside.”
Reining in the Epidemic
Addressing opiate addiction and seeing a decline in lives lost in New Jersey due to all opiate drugs starts long before someone is in crisis. The fact is that the problem is so serious that there is no one single thing that will wipe it out. A multipronged approach is necessary, and it starts with prevention efforts and ends with the application of lifesaving medication in the event of a crisis.
Matthew P. Geist is a police chief in New Jersey. He says: “The path to recovery is not always obvious or accessible to those in the grip of opiate drugs. Our goal is to reach out to those persons that are victims of addiction and to guide them to the help that they need.”
If someone you love is struggling with addiction to opiates, you can be the person that helps them to recognize the need for treatment. Learn the signs of addiction, get naloxone, and talk to your loved one about entering a drug rehab program today.