Substance Abuse Within The Community

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Health Problem Statement: After thorough investigation of the homeless population in Newark, the problem that is going to be discussed in this paper is substance abuse within the community. On a broad level, one of the biggest issues facing New Jersey today, as a whole, is the increase use of illegal drugs and substances, specifically heroin. As a direct consequence of drug use, 797 people were reported dead in New Jersey in 2007 ("New Jersey Drug Control Update - White House", 2013). This number is larger than the 719 New Jersey citizens who died from motor vehicle accidents, or the 446 people who died from firearms in that same year ("New Jersey Drug Control Update - White House", 2013). In 2010, close to 17,000 New Jersey citizens were reported to the state for attending abuse treatment centers strictly for heroin dependence ("New Jersey Drug Control Update - White House", 2013). This trending heroin “epidemic” across the state close to doubled the amount of citizens reported for attending treatment based on marijuana addiction ("New Jersey Drug Control Update - White House", 2013). In a related study, that same year, Essex County comprised 10.0% of all substance abuse in New Jersey ("Substance Abuse Overview in Essex County", 2011, pp. 3-15). This was more than any other county in the state ("Substance Abuse Overview in Essex County", 2011, pp. 3-15). Focusing in on the city of Newark, within Essex County, 53.8 % of all people admitted for substance abuse treatment were
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