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Mercer County Providing Help to its Opioid-Dependent Citizens

Audra Franchini

Authored by Audra Franchini

New Jersey is at a crossroads, as the Garden State has been hit especially hard by the country’s ongoing opioid epidemic. An estimated 3,000 New Jersey residents are estimated to die from an opioid-related overdose by the end of 2018, making for another record-breaking year in a category no state ever wants to win.

Mercer County has been one of the regions most impacted by those who are opioid dependent. According to data from NJ.com, in the first six months of 2018 alone, 95 people in Mercer County died from opioid overdoses. That’s an average of nearly 2 deaths per day.

What Are Opioids and Why Are They a Problem?

Opiates include prescription pain medications such as fentanyl, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine.

Heroin is also an opioid, and it’s one that has claimed a dangerous stake in Mercer County. During a Town Hall meeting in March 2018, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri stated a staggering bit of information:

“New Jersey and Mercer County have the highest heroin purity levels in the United States…It’s prevalent, it’s cheap, and it’s potent.”

Where Can the Opioid Dependent Get Help?

But the people of Mercer County (which includes Trenton, Princeton, Hamilton, Ewing, East Windsor, West Windsor, Lawrence, Pennington, Highstown, Hopewell, and Robbinsville), as well as those throughout New Jersey and the entire tri-state region, needn’t live in fear. There is help, hope, and support nearby.

Trenton Healthcare Clinic has been serving the community by helping those who are opioid dependent get the urgent treatment they need, as well as providing them with tools to thrive throughout sober living.

Trenton Healthcare Clinic understands that combating the opioid crisis in New Jersey must be done with professionalism and dignity. Our outpatient methadone treatment services include counseling, 12-step meetings, and an overall holistic approach to health and wellness.

Recovery is not an easy process, but when patients have a team of caring professionals that understand the ins and outs of being opioid dependent, they can achieve their goals of sobriety.

This is  a community, and as a community we must look out for one another. At Trenton Healthcare Clinic, we want the very best for the people who live and work in Mercer County and beyond.

Trenton Healthcare Clinic opens its doors to anyone who needs assistance, regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender, age, or finances. In addition to private insurance, we also accept NJ Medicaid. No one is just a number, nor do they have to be a statistic.

Authored by

Audra Franchini

Audra Franchini

Audra Franchini holds a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing & English. As RCA's Senior Communications Manager, Audra creates impactful content for RCA's website, advertisements, and internal and external communications to drive awareness to the disease of addiction and the importance of seeking help.


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