Response to the Opioid Epidemic

Opioid Response

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

Prevention Through Education and Awareness

Community Awareness

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced an investigation into an overdose death in Hackensack as well as the recent surge in fentanyl-related overdoses in Bergen County.

"We must sound the alarms. You have to assume that any drug bought on the street – whether powder or pill – contains fentanyl and can kill you.” -Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella

“The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to combating the deadly effects of fentanyl through targeting suppliers and traffickers of narcotics. Although fentanyl has plagued our state for several years, it is now being seen in both recreational and black market medications and pills." - BCPO Chief Jason Love


Educational Presentations

Detectives from the BCPO’s Narcotic Task Force have spoken to thousands of Bergen County middle and high schools about the dangers of illicit drugs and the high risk of addiction associated with opioids in a presentation called “Pathway to Addiction.”

Medicine Dropbox Locations

Heart at Work

Connection to Recovery Support and Treatment

24/7 Hotline Service

Questions about programs or resources can be sent to 247@cafsnj.org and anyone seeking help can call or text (201) 589-2976.

Operation Helping Hand

Diversion Within the Criminal Justice System

Bergen County Municipal Recovery Court

Prediction Through Multi-Disciplinary Discussion and Analysis

Overdose Fatality Review Team

Year
Overdoses
LE Narcan Deployments
LE Narcan Saves
Drug Related Fatalities
2022*
690
376
257
125
2021*
730
368
255
176
2020*
664
325
233
147
2019
657
388
274
138
2018
583
352
255
142
2017
504
325
245
129
2016
320
208
180
99
2015
288
187
170
87
*The final reports on 2020-2022 drug-related deaths are still pending. These estimates are pending final determination by the NJ Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner.
Opioid Statistics last updated on 3/21/2023.