HACKENSACK, N.J. — Officials say 12 of the 40 people arrested in a northern New Jersey county this week on drug-related charges have agreed to enter into detox programs under a new initiative.
Eleven of those arrested in Bergen County under “Operation Helping Hand” agreed to enter a five-day detox program at a hospital in Paramus. One agreed to enter a program at the Bergen County Jail.
Prosecutors say they’ll still face criminal charges.
Prosecutors acknowledged that the five-day detox program may not prove successful in deterring addicts from future drug use and criminal behavior, but say they hope those arrested would eventually enter long-term treatment.
Prosecutors say there were 87 overdose deaths in Bergen County last year. There were 231 overdoses linked to opiates.
There have been 48 overdose deaths this year, 40 of which were heroin-related.