New Jersey is an ideal strategic corridor as well as a vulnerable corridor for transportation of drug contraband and illicit currency.
Beginning in April 2006, an increase in fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses was noticed by first responders and medical personnel in New Jersey. This increase has been linked to fentanyl. Fentanyl is commonly used for anesthesia and pain relief in medical settings; however, the current overdoses are associated with non-pharmaceutical fentanyl, manufactured in illegal labs. There have been at least 133 deaths related to the use of non-pharmaceutical fentanyl in New Jersey since mid-April.
Cocaine: Cocaine remains the most popular drug in New Jersey and is the drug of choice for many abusers within the state. Crack remains readily available throughout the state and remains the drug of choice in many lower income communities.
Heroin: Heroin is the most prevalent drug of abuse in the New Jersey area. Data provided by the State of New Jersey Department of Human Services – Division on Addiction Services disclosed that Heroin is used by 18-25 year olds in New Jersey at more than twice the national average. Heroin accounted for more than 22,751 treatment admissions in 2006. This was 41% of all treatment admissions, with a three percent decrease from 2005.
Fentanyl: The New Jersey Division initiated an Intelligence Gathering Initiative, “Operation Undertaker.” Operation Undertaker sought to identify areas throughout the State of New Jersey where the precursor chemicals, necessary to manufacture fentanyl, are being delivered, and to also provide a general awareness to the public of the dangers of fentanyl. The New Jersey Division has made numerous contacts with other State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, Medical Examiner Offices, Colleges, and Pharmaceutical Companies in order to “Educate, Protect, and Respond” to the fentanyl situation, and monitor those precursor chemicals commonly used with fentanyl in the illicit market. Some areas, such as Morris County, have seen a rise in overdoses and overdose deaths.
Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine is the most available and widely used clandestinely manufactured drug in the Southern New Jersey area. Methamphetamine traffickers are primarily of Mexican descent, with direct connections to violators in the western United States and Mexico. Methamphetamine availability has increased in the southern part of the state, allegedly due to the influx of Mexican suppliers.
Traditionally, Methamphetamine production has been associated with Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, independent chemists, and Traditional Organized Crime. Currently, crystal Methamphetamine use and distribution in New Jersey appears to be closely associated with members of the Filipino community. Filipino traffickers are importing large amounts of Methamphetamine from Mexico and the Philippines. The Methamphetamine is converted to “ice” in the Los Angeles area and then transported to the New York/New Jersey area via motor vehicle. The ice is also shipped through various mail and parcel services. Due to successful enforcement actions, the ice is now sent to states off the usual trafficking routes and then transported by car to the New Jersey area.
Marijuana: Marijuana is the most readily available illicit drug in New Jersey. Marijuana is transported to the New Jersey area via automobiles, tractor- trailers, vessels, US Postal Service, overnight services, parcel post, and commercial air from Southwest Border States.
The majority of the Marijuana encountered in the state is of Mexican origin. Marijuana from Canada and Jamaica has also been encountered, on a lesser scale. Additionally, Marijuana is produced locally at indoor and outdoor grows
Prescription Drugs: New Jersey has the highest concentration of pharmaceutical and chemical firms in the country. Doctor shopping, prescription forgery, and organized script rings remain the prevalent source of diverted legitimate pharmaceutical drugs in the New Jersey Division. Morris County has seen a rise in arrests for prescription fraud and unlawful possession of prescription medication. The most commonly abused pharmaceuticals are Percocet, OxyContin, Xanax, Vicodin/Vicodin ES, and Hydrocodone/Hydrocodone products. Additionally, the most commonly abused chemicals are GBL, Pseudoephedrine, and Ephedrine. This is ample reason for New Jersey drug rehab, and New Jersey drug detox attention state wide immediately.
• In September, New Jersey Division, FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration's office of criminal investigations seized a steroid lab in a Sayreville basement that produced "massive quantities" of the illegal drugs. The individual who operated the lab out of his house, on a quiet residential cul-de-sac, was arrested and charged with manufacturing, possessing and distributing anabolic steroids. A search of the lab resulted in the seizure of 1.5 kilograms of raw steroid powders, about 10,000 steroid tablets, $56,000 USC, more than 40,000 doses of anabolic steroids, various chemicals including stanozolol, testosterone and nandrolone, equipment used to mix and produce the muscle-building drugs, and two semi-automatic weapons.
• In September 2007, a Randolph, NJ podiatric surgeon and his wife were arrested on drug distribution charges. The doctor, also a registered pharmacist, had issued 31 prescriptions for painkillers and mild tranquilizers as a method of payment, for work performed for the doctor.
• In October 2007, “Operation Redirect” resulted in the arrests of 87 people and the disruption of a drug trafficking network that distributed Cocaine and Oxycodone in and around Morris County.
New Jersey has a growing problem with drug and alcohol addictions, especially prescription drug use, and Methamphetamine. Instead of treating drug addicts like criminals we believe people suffering from pain pill addiction, alcoholism and other drug addictions should have a comfortable drug detox to ensure long lasting sobriety and clean time. Addiction to pain killers can be one of the hardest addictions to treat and we believe that inpatient drug detox is the most effective way of dealing with prescription drug withdrawal.