NJ Drug Bust Yields 36 Arrests across Rival Drug Gangs
In New Jersey especially, there are ongoing reports of large investigations like Operation Snow Bank that result in major seizures of cash and drugs, and arrests numbering in the double digits. northeast is nonstop, and law enforcement agencies are working around the clock to try to make a dent, taking down drug traffickers and dealers who would continue to put profits above people.
Despite the continuing threat of arrest and ongoing investigations, cases of overdose and addiction continue to stack up in New Jersey. Though it is important to continue to pull product off the streets, it is not through litigation alone that we will be able to get the drug epidemic under control. Rather, just as Operation Snow Bank was a multipronged attack, our community approach to the problem of drug addiction should be multipronged as well.
It is noteworthy that this investigation centered around large amounts of cocaine. Opioid use and abuse are often in the headlines, especially in New Jersey where rates of opiate overdose death are among the highest in the country and continuing to climb every year. There was a 214 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in New Jersey between 2009 and 2015, and most of those deaths were caused by use of heroin and/or fentanyl, especially heroin that is laced with fentanyl – a drug that is 50 times more potent than heroin.
New Jersey is certainly strong on the law enforcement side of things when it comes to managing drug sales and trafficking, but there are a number of other areas where headway has been made in recent years as efforts have become more finely tuned. For example:
What are the major challenges facing New Jersey today in terms of drug use and abuse? Is enough being done to help people who need treatment now? Is the right message getting out to people who are at risk for the development of addiction?
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