Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday preliminary 2019 year-end opioid statistics for New Jersey.
The data suggests a 3 percent decrease in the number of individuals lost compared to 2018. Additionally, Murphy announced that 2019 data suggests a 6 percent decline in the number of opioids prescribed statewide.
Murphy reaffirmed his commitment to ending the opioid epidemic through a comprehensive, multi-pronged collaboration across several state departments and agencies. The comprehensive approach includes increasing access to evidence-based prevention and treatment programs in the communities, supporting individuals on their path to and maintenance of recovery, supporting data-driven work and strengthening system-wide infrastructure, and using robust law enforcement to stem the supply of illicit drugs.
Along with Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Department of Health Acting Commissioner Judith Persichilli, Department of Corrections Acting Commissioner Marcus Hicks, and other Administration leadership, Murphy announced that the preliminary 2019 year-end data shows the loss of 3,021 New Jerseyans to suspected overdose deaths.
“The opioid epidemic has devastated too many families and communities across New Jersey,” said Murphy.
“To end this scourge, my Administration is guided by a collaborative, comprehensive, and multi-pronged approach across several departments and agencies. We have invested $100 million in each of our first two budgets in order to increase availability of medication-assisted treatment, provide greater access to Naloxone, enhance education and outreach efforts, and strengthen social supports for housing and employment. Today’s data gives us confidence that the targeted, evidence-based, and data-driven whole-of-government approach we are taking is making progress in our fight to end the opioid crisis in New Jersey,” said Murphy.
Following the governor’s announcement, the Attorney General and Commissioners of Health, Human Services, Corrections, and other Administration leadership outlined their department’s work to advance the statewide response to the opioid crisis.