The battle against heroin use continues around the nation, the state and right here at the Jersey Shore. In a recent Patch article, they cited statistics that were recently released from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services in the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and they're based on the number of people seeking treatment for heroin abuse.

Newark was the Number One city, but we broke the data down to list the top towns here at the Shore with heroin abuse.

  • Toms River (691 reported cases in 2017)
  • Brick
  • Berkeley Township
  • Middletown
  • Jackson
  • Lacey
  • Manchester
  • Long Branch

Those eight towns made the Top 30 list of most reported heroin abuse.

"In 2016, the counties with the highest total numbers of overdose deaths were Essex (271), Ocean (253), Camden (200), Middlesex (182), and Atlantic (171). On a per capita basis, Atlantic County had the highest overdose death rate (with one death for every 1,584 residents), followed by Ocean (one death for every 2,344 residents), Camden (one death for every 2,554 residents), Cumberland (one death for every 2,904 residents), and Cape May (one death for every 2,935 residents). Statewide, the average was one drug overdose death for every 4,043 residents."

Do any of these towns surprise you?

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