The National Fight against Opiate Addiction and What It Means for NJ
An Interview with Dr. Philip Horowitz, CEO of Sunrise House
From 2010 to 2013, the rate of heroin overdose deaths in NJ was three times that of the national average
Across the country, heroin overdose deaths specifically have soared in the past few years. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the number of US deaths caused by heroin increased sixfold between 2001 and 2014, but in New Jersey, the rates are exceedingly higher: Every year, from 2010 to 2013, the rate of heroin overdose deaths in NJ was three times that of the national average.
What Is Driving Heroin Overdose Rates in NJ?
Says Dr. Horowitz:
Fentanyl-Laced and Carfentanil-Laced Heroin
Given the intense consequences of even minimum exposure to these substances, it is clear that no use is safe use. In order to truly protect against overdose, total cessation of use of all opiates is required.
Creating Positive Change in the Community
With such a devastating problem at hand, efforts to stem the tide of addiction and lower the rates of lives lost to opiate overdose must come in a number of different forms if the ultimate goal is to be reached. There is no one silver bullet that will effectively wipe out the problem, but there are a number of programs and organizations working together in New Jersey to help families who are in crisis due to addiction.
Accessing Diversified Treatment
Hope on the Horizon
As CEO of Sunrise House, Dr. Horowitz has gone to great lengths to meet the needs of the community as the opiate addiction epidemic in New Jersey rages on. In the last year since Sunrise House became part of the American Addiction Centers family, he has:
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The goal for clients in recovery at Sunrise House is a complete and total perspective shift as well as a new way of life focused on mental and physical wellness and balance. Learn more about our addiction treatment program today.