Bergen County Opioid Initiatives and Resources
Bergen County law enforcement has taken a strategic and coordinated approach to addressing the opioid epidemic. Beginning in 2014, all Bergen County law enforcement officers were provided with Naloxone kits by the BCPO, as the rate of opioid overdoses was drastically increasing. The following year, in 2015, there were 288 overdoses in Bergen County as reported by law enforcement. Despite the availability of Naloxone, that year 87 people died of a drug-related overdose in Bergen County.
Due to a combination of factors, including the prevalence of fentanyl in the illicit drug market, overdoses have continued to increase, with 691 suspected overdoses reported by law enforcement in 2022. Pending final reports by the Office of Chief State Medical Examiner, there were 125 suspected drug-related fatalities in Bergen County in 2022.
The BCPO has dedicated resources and creative solutions to this epidemic that is affecting all corners of our county. In addition to our traditional functions of Prosecution and Enforcement, that multi-faceted approach includes:
-Prevention through Education and Awareness
-Connection to Recovery Support and Treatment
-Diversion within the Criminal Justice System
-Prediction through Multi-Disciplinary Discussion and Analysis