Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Heroin Use Keeps Increasing in New Jersey [AUDIO]

Even with stepped-up education and law enforcement efforts in recent years, heroin overdoses continue to rise in New Jersey – so what’s going on?

Flickr User dkalo

“The growing heroin problem in Jersey among young people is directly related to what’s happening at home – they’re starting by using prescription pills that their parents have in the medicine cabinet, their friends get it, they’re getting it from their friends,” says Special Agent for Drug Enforcement Agency, Timothy McMahon.

He says many young people think because medicine was prescribed by a doctor it’s not as dangerous as heroin, but what happens is “either they get used to the high and they’re looking for something more, or the pills themselves just become too expensive, and heroin, where they can get the same high, or an even bigger high is much cheaper.”

McMahon adds a lot of people start off thinking they’ll never move to heroin.

“But once they start getting high, all they want to do is get an even better high than the one before.”

He also points out New Jersey is an entry-way, which means a lot of the Colombian and Mexican heroin is coming directly into New Jersey. The heroin hasn’t been cut down yet, it hasn’t been mixed with other adulterants yet, so it is a purer level of heroin, and it’s sold at a very low price.

“What it comes down to,” says McMahon, “is supply and demand, and right now there’s plenty of both.”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of NJ 101.5

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a member? Sign up here

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.