33 Overdose Deaths in Sussex County So Far This Year

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It's no secret that New Jersey has a drug abuse epidemic and Sussex County has seen it's share of overdose deaths. According to the second annual report from Sussex County Community Law Enforcement Addiction Recovery program (C.L.E.A.R.), Narcan was administered 151 times in Sussex County in 2017. 

Additionally, our county has recorded 33 overdose deaths so far this year. That number is expected to increase and either match or go over the number of overdose deaths in 2017, which totaled at 38.

Out of every municipality, Vernon Township had the highest number of overdose deaths last year. Here's the 2017 breakdown by municipality:

  • Andover Borough - 0
  • Andover Township - 3
  • Branchville Borough - 1
  • Byram Township - 1 
  • Franklin Borough - 3
  • Frankford Township - 0
  • Fredon Township - 0
  • Green Township - 0
  • Hamburg Borough - 0
  • Hampton Township - 1
  • Hardyston Township - 1
  • Hopatcong Borough - 5
  • Lafayette Township - 0
  • Montague Township - 2
  • Newton Town - 3
  • Ogdensburg Borough - 1
  • Sandyston Township - 0
  • Sparta Township - 3
  • Stanhope Borough - 0
  • Stillwater Township - 1
  • Sussex Borough - 1
  • Vernon Township - 10
  • Walpack Township - 0
  • Wantage Township - 2

The C.L.E.A.R. program provides those struggling with drug abuse access to treatment and support without fear of being arrested. Think about donating to this invaluable program and find out more about C.L.E.A.R. on their website or by calling 1-844-SC-CLEAR.

Read the NJHerald.com story here.

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