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The use and misuse of opioids in the United States remains an urgent crisis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

In 2021, more than 107,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, the highest tally ever in U.S. history, according to the CDC. Drug use is also fueling a rise in infectious diseases, per the CDC. It’s been connected with hepatitis C, hepatitis B, viral hepatitis and HIV. 

In 2020, more than 13,000 people died in the U.S. from an overdose involving heroin, more than 56,000 people died from an overdose involving synthetic opioids and more than 19,000 people died from an overdose involving cocaine, according to health data. In New York City, the number of overdose deaths more than tripled from 2000 to 2020.

There are resources to help those dealing with drug addiction, both nationally and in the tri-state area. Those in need can find help.


  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a national hotline. It’s a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment, referral, and information service. Those in need can call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
  • People can visit an online treatment locator. They can also send their zip code via text message to 435748 to find nearby help.

In New York:

In New Jersey:

  • New Jersey has a drug addiction helpline at 1-844-732-2465.
  • NJ has a list of resources for those dealing with addiction at ReachNJ.
  • Resources are also available for those helping a loved one dealing with addiction.