New Jersey Drug Epidemic Junior Health - 2013
New jersey drug epidemic • http://www.northjersey.com/specialreports/heroin_bergen_paterson_drugs_2013.html#ooid=5vZWtmYjqsdVqUypmfN7Zc8cBMPHUuk_
New jersey drug epidemic • Two year probe recently unveiled escalating epidemic in New Jersey • Half of the 843 drug-related deaths that occurred in NJ in 2010 were specifically due to prescription pills • More Americans die each year due to prescription drug overdoses than to heroin and cocaine combined • Corrupt doctors and “medical facilities” are the trigger to the epidemic
New jersey drug epidemic • Chain Reaction:
New jersey drug epidemic • In 2010, enough painkillers were prescribed in New Jersey to medicate all 9 million state residents around the clock for a month, according to the CDC • Drug overdoses now outnumber automobile accidents as the leading cause of death in New Jersey • What is being done???
New jersey drug epidemic • What can you do? • Only used prescription medications AS INSTRUCTED • NEVER take a medication that wasn’t specifically prescribed for YOU • If you see something, SAY something – spread the word • “Medicine” does not mean “Safe”