Addiction. Overdoses increased by double digits during the first year of the pandemic in Sussex, Orange, and Pike counties, and by 8 percent in Passaic County. The disruptions and isolation of the pandemic are driving an ever-growing number of people to seek comfort in drugs while an “alarming” increase in fentanyl floods the black market.

25 Jan 2022 | 06:28

Covid has amplified the already aggravated, ongoing opioid crisis. During the first pandemic year, 2020, the tristate area saw double-digit increases in overdoses, driven by “an alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine,” according...