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20 Towns With The Most Heroin And Opiate Abuse; Brick Is Sixth

These are the communities - both large and small, urban and suburban - with the most reported heroin and opiate abuse cases in New Jersey

For some New Jersey counties, heroin abuse was a major factor in a steep increase in drug abuse cases over the past year. In Ocean County, the number of overdoses doubled from 2012 to 2013.

We wanted to take a look at how the drug has not only infested New Jersey’s urban areas, but the more unlikely places where suburban stories of abuse have developed into a sad, profound narrative: Brick, Toms River, Lacey, South Toms River, Cherry Hill and Woodbridge.

So we dove into statistics provided by the Division of Addiction Services in the New Jersey Department of Human Services that show the 20 communities with the largest numbe

J.JONES January 03, 2014 at 06:07 PM
Hey Stephen and Kelly here a featured story for you maybe 50% of the people living in Ocean County are transplants from Hudson,Bergen , and Middlesex counties ..
Stephen January 03, 2014 at 06:08 PM
How do you bash anymore than anyone else?? LOL You said "I heard a couple of white guys did that shooting, the cops just picked up the first brothers they could find", that is the kind of hate you've spewed on these boards. Each response from you shows how idiotic you are. You flat out invited someone from here to visit where you work Nicky. You are a skitzo bro/sis whatever you are. And once again she/he the troll bashes north Jersey people. Good to see you stay true to your patch roots bashing groups of people. Can you really actually be this obtuse?
Brian January 03, 2014 at 06:18 PM
Kelly, I'm not a ginzo. I don't try to be like Tony Soprano or a guido. Those people are jokes. The pizza is fine to me. Too bad you weren't on "your" roller coaster when it went into "your" Atlantic Ocean with "your" pier. Thank God everyone down here are not like you. Typical Bricktucky trash I heard stories about.
50plusyearsinBrick January 04, 2014 at 08:28 AM
This is an ALL of us problem for those of us who have chosen to live on Brick....so we need to sto bashing ( and the immature comments...really?) and figure this out together. Drugs are a scourge in ALL communities so even if more exclusive communities like Sea Girt, Rumson, Bay Head etc didn't make this list, don't think drugs aren't pervasive there as well. Police, parents, schools, community need to put more resources into battling this...simply giving out feel good DARE certificates won't do it...we need real active ideas...wish I had some. First step though is to stop pointing fingers at North Jersey people or Jewish people or whoever. Mayor Ducey...please start a committee to strategize ideas.
Melinda Murray January 04, 2014 at 10:07 AM
To but a DARE program in the middle schools would be a start. The 2 current officers that do DARE in our grammar schools are really wonderful. These officers need more certification in order to be able to go into the middle schools. I asked for it, county supposedly has the money for it. Haven't heard an answer back yet. community events on awareness for everyone. One on how to secure your home better especially in you cant afford an alarm system. Community watches, Let the teens preform at windward once a week. Many play instruments, have bands, dance. keep them busy. Have sign up sheets for parents to chaperone . Add more community projects like park clean ups then have burgers and dogs afterwards for the kids who show up. Maybe recognize the kids who show up on a regular basis. Just some ideas I have brought to the table. As for the DARE program, I think its wonderful. My son wouldn't take an aspirin for months after he went through that program.
50plusyearsinBrick January 04, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Melinda....good ideas! Yes, DARE and SAC ( substance awareness counselors) need to be expanded....more resources into prevention, then possibly less $ needed for treatment or incarceration . As for immediate concern, let the BPD do it's job...and hire more officers .
50plusyearsinBrick January 05, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Marijuana is not heroin. I am undecided on legalization, but I am definitely an advocate for decriminalization....
Mac January 05, 2014 at 12:25 PM
@Kelly - no reason to reread the article - marijuana and heroin are apples and oranges from almost every aspect - frankly, since drugs are now a large part of our American culture, accepting the use of recreational marijuana would go a long way to keeping everyone off of more hardcore drugs - marijuana can stay in your system for several weeks if not months - most hardcore drugs pass through the system in 24 to 72 hours - workers who are subject to drug testing and looking for a rush are more likely to use coke, heroin, pills, etc. as opposed to a couple of joints - makes no sense to outlaw relaxing self-enjoyment that is safer to use than legal and easily available alcohol, but that might just be me
J.JONES January 05, 2014 at 02:26 PM
If someone looks like trouble ..stop and frisk !!! let the police do there jobs..clean up the trash..
Beach Mover January 05, 2014 at 02:36 PM
@mac That is an interesting opinion that I disagree with. Do you have any data to back up your opinion? Hard drugs can be only detected in urine or blood up to 72 hours. There are much more sophisticated test that can detect them up to 6 months. Its really based on how badly an employer wants to know.
Stephen January 05, 2014 at 02:44 PM
Beachmover, a heads up. Kelly is Nick Nightingale. This troll has 5-6 names they post under here on the patch. Read what they write & there is no doubt it's one in the same idiot troll.
50plusyearsinBrick January 05, 2014 at 03:58 PM
We had prohibition back in the 30s( and no I am not old enough to remember it:) ...research the adverse effects that had on gangs,violence,mob,etc. my point is that perhaps making RECREATIONAL use of marijuana legal, just like we do with alcohol, might actually be a positive thing in that it would regulate the marijuana sold ( rather than the dangerous substances added to it now), we could collect taxes, and since it would be legal to purchase,it would eliminate the criminal element. Can marijuana use lead to harder drugs? Yes...just like having a few beers can lead to alcoholism. Freedom of people to make their own choices,decisions....not government interference or " nanny state".
Beach Mover January 05, 2014 at 04:15 PM
Everybody has there opinion. I think pot is nothing like alcohol. When you smoke pit the idea is to get high, one or two drinks has little effect on most people. Not sure you will ever toast at a wedding with pot. Can't smoke it most places because of anti smoking laws. It will just be smoked at home to get high. I believe just 2 very different things, like a motorcycle and a car.
Stephen January 05, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Kelly Dubois/Nicky Nightingale/The return of Kelly Dubois: the A-team of obtuse patch posters. The lack of any level of maturity along with the intelligence of a sand flea. A true piney/bricktuckian.
Mac January 05, 2014 at 05:30 PM
@Beach Mover - no printed data, just information picked up over the years from those subject to drug tests and the humor of watching the action when a test is suspected or conducted - I'm aware of more intense drug tests but they're expensive and seldom employed for just job openings and field trips by DOT - however, I disagree with you that the idea of smoking pot has any different intentions than drinking a couple of beers - one does not have to get wasted on pot or beer to be able to throw back for a short time and relax
Mac January 05, 2014 at 05:42 PM
@Stephen - your post sounds like an ad for a bacon factory executive mistress - @Kelly - ever dreamed of becoming a judge?
Beach Mover January 05, 2014 at 05:44 PM
Mac that's why people have different opinions . I have never seen any if my friends smoke a joint and not get high. I have seen many of my friends drink and not get drunk. Two very different effects.
Mac January 05, 2014 at 06:10 PM
@Beach Mover - I agree with your observations of your friends. I just don't accept that being a little high approaches the same level as being drunk. A buzz is not a stoned condition and passes on just as long or as quickly as the affects of a couple of beers by my experiences. I'm also fairly confident that you're friends ability to handle themselves after smoking several joints is superior to their ability to handle themselves after too many beers.
Beach Mover January 05, 2014 at 06:20 PM
Mac I think we agree. As you said being a little high does not approach same level as being drunk. If you are drunk you should not be on the road. If you are a "little high" you should not drive. People usually know there limits with drinking in my experience it is not the same with getting high. With pot you want to get buzzed and high. Most people have one or two drinks and are fine.
50plusyearsinBrick January 05, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Beach and Mac ..... Of course the reason someone smokes a joint is to feel buzzed...just like someone who drinks expects to feel something..if not,why bother drinking or smoking? Same rules should apply....be of legal age to purchase and smoke....do NOT drive while under influence. I see no difference actually ...so what's the problem?
50plusyearsinBrick January 05, 2014 at 07:17 PM
Stephen...please refrain from making negative comments about pineys or refer to Brick residents in a disparaging way such as "brictuckians". It is demeaning and patently uncalled for. If you truly feel we Brick residents are in any away, less intelligent than you are,please feel free to move. Thank you.
Beach Mover January 05, 2014 at 07:29 PM
50 plus I disagree with your assessment. I do not have a glass of wine at dinner to get buzzed. I do not expect to feel anything. I expect to enjoy the flavor as I might with any non alcoholic drink. Nobody that I know smokes a joint for the "pleasure" of smoking. I do expect if I have 4 or 5 glasses to feel buzzed.
50plusyearsinBrick January 05, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Beach..ok I see your point, but still feel that personal use of marijuana should be legalized and a choice that we can make on our own, regulate it,tax it just like alcohol use...get it out of the criminal element.
Melinda Murray January 06, 2014 at 08:46 AM
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/das/news/reports/statistical/ Sats. on use in NJ for 2012. The numbers might surprise you.
Stephen January 06, 2014 at 05:24 PM
@50plusyearsinBrick - I AM a Brick resident. What I said is for Kelly/Nicky only. Not for you & the rest of my fellow Brick residents. I'm sorry you misunderstood me. But I maintain my words & opinion of Nick Dubois. In addition Kelly, you posted right here what you do for a living: kelly dubois January 27, 2013 at 02:28 PM : For anyone that wants to give me advice. Stick it up ur Meathole. In this day and age we should not have to be subjected to poor roads of transport. The town makes enough money on "save neighborhood" fees off of defendants in court. Let's fix these roads. And you shouldn't name amendments unless u know them all. If anyone had anything to say to me, I work at top tomato in brick. So piss off! So it's ok for you to give others YOUR opinions, but not for others to give you theirs. Just a pathetic troll is what you are. You own a modeling agency LOL. More like Elmer J Fudd, you own a mansion & a yacht too. LOL Silly lying troll!!
knarfie January 08, 2014 at 07:38 PM
Not to minimize the problem with heroin, the Brick police are making many arrests so of course the numbers are high. Also many of the arrests are not Brick residents, but scumbags coming in to do their dirty work in Brick.
Stephen January 11, 2014 at 10:33 AM
http://brick.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/newark-irvington-men-accused-of-deadly-short-hills-mall-carjacking-brick
Stephen January 11, 2014 at 10:33 AM
The return of Kelly Dubois December 23, 2013 at 08:58 PM I think the heroin problem is more important than anything in the patch . It's a sad case here. But nick, u keep on writing luv
Stephen January 11, 2014 at 10:33 AM
The return of Kelly Dubois December 23, 2013 at 10:50 PM I just think nick makes some good points on how this is a forum for hatred.
Stephen January 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM
You've never seen a post from Nick huh?? The above proves once again what a lying troll you are. Just because you are busted lying through your nasty-ass teeth, it's cool if you want to call me things. I have shown over & over again how dumb, pathetic & what a low-life liar you are. Get to mopping those floors at Top Tomato now troll. LOL

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