Drug abuse in Monmouth and Ocean counties continues to grow at alarming rates. Two locations in Mon-Oc ranked in the top 10 for heroin abuse in New Jersey. 

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In Ocean County, the number of overdoses doubled from 2012 to 2013. According to the Division of Addiction Services in the New Jersey Department of Human Services these are the towns in Monmouth and Ocean that rank in the top 25 for heroin abuse.

  • 7. Toms River
  • 8. Brick
  • 13. Lacey
  • 14. Jackson
  • 15. Middletown
  • 19. Asbury Park
  • 20. Howell
  • 23. Keansburg

To put things in perspective, Toms River and Brick has more heroin abuse than Trenton. Lou & Liz have spoken to Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato and gone in depth with Monmouth Country Sheriff Shaun Golden about this growing epidemic.

If addiction doesn't directly affect your family, you know a family that deals with this intense struggle. If you or someone you know if battling addiction, please know there are many resources to get help. My family is coping like many others. If you feel like you're alone, you're not. Please reach out to me any time. My email is matt.ryan@townsquaremedia.com. Be well!