New Jersey School Districts In Order Of Most Drug, Alcohol Cases

By Duane Beckett
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The New Jersey school districts have released their annual substance abuse reports. Together they show the school districts with the most drug and alcohol cases, and you may be surprised by which district is top.

The following 10 school districts have the highest increase in substance abuse cases between 2018-2019 to 2019-2020:

Biggest Moving New Jersey School Districts

All data is from highest to lowest, denoting substance abuse cases per 1,000 students:

  1. Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services Commission School District, Monmouth 142.86
  2. Northern Region Educational Services Commission, Passaic 53.57
  3. Burlington County Special Services School District, Burlington 15.38
  4. Cape May County Special Services School District, Cape May 13.57
  5. South Orange-Maplewood School District, Essex 9.86
  6. Academy for Urban Leadership Charter School, Charters 6.17
  7. Mahwah Township Public School District, Bergen 5.08
  8. Woodbine School District, Cape May 4.76 / Harmony Township School District, Warren 4.76
  9. Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology, Charters 4.58 / Salem County Special Services School District, Salem 4.58
  10. New Brunswick School District, Middlesex 4.53
    (New Brunswick School District, Middlesex had 4.53 more substance abuse cases per 1000 students than the previous year).

What you need to know: New Jersey school officials told Patch.com that teen vaping may be a contributing factor to increasing numbers over the past three years. This is because New Jersey started to count e-cigarette usage as substance abuse.

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Overall School Districts Drug Alcohol Cases

All data is from highest to lowest, denoting substance abuse cases per 1,000 students:

  1. Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services Commission School District, Monmouth 285.71
  2. Northern Region Educational Services Commission, Passaic 89.29
  3. Union County Educational Services Commission, Union 68.49
  4. Peoples Preparatory Charter School District, Charters 34.74
  5. Burlington County Special Services School District, Burlington 30.77
  6. Essex Regional Educational Services Commission, Essex 28.57
  7. North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District, Hunterdon 23.13
  8. Black Horse Pike Regional School District, Camden 18.69
  9. Cape May County Special Services School District, Cape May 18.10
  10. Mainland Regional High School, Atlantic 17.76
  11. Academy for Urban Leadership Charter School, Charters 16.46
  12. Monmouth Regional High School, Monmouth 16.12
  13. University Academy Charter High School, Charters 15.95
  14. High Point Regional High School District, Sussex 15.54
  15. Atlantic County Vocational School District, Atlantic 14.59
  16. Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District, Atlantic 13.65
  17. Cumberland Regional School District, Cumberland 13.57
  18. Academy Charter High School, Charters 12.78
  19. South Orange-Maplewood School District, Essex 12.37
  20. Sussex County Technical School District, Sussex 12.36
  21. Keansburg School District, Monmouth 12.35
  22. Red Bank Regional School District, Monmouth 11.03
  23. Southern Regional School District, Ocean 10.93
  24. New Brunswick School District, Middlesex 10.82
  25. Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District, Salem 10.71
  26. Boonton Town School District, Morris 10.59
  27. Hazlet Township Public School District, Monmouth 10.56
  28. Long Branch Public High School District, Monmouth 10.19
  29. Lower Cape May Regional School District, Cape May 9.76
  30. Morris Hills Regional School District, Morris 9.60
  31. Watchung Hills Regional High School District, Somerset 9.48
  32. Somerset County Educational Services Commission School District, Somerset 9.26
  33. Phillipsburg School District, Warren 9.24
  34. Saddle Brook School District, Bergen 9.08
  35. Harrison Public Schools, Hudson 8.74
  36. Cape May County Technical High School District, Cape May 8.65
  37. North Warren Regional School District, Warren 8.50
  38. Trenton Stem-to-Civics Charter School, Charters 8.47
  39. Linden Public School District, Union 8.47
  40. Delsea Regional High School District, Gloucester 8.31
  41. Hunterdon Central Regional High School District, Hunterdon 8.16
  42. Middle Township Public School District, Cape May 7.73
  43. Mahwah Township Public School District, Bergen 7.62
  44. Spotswood Public School District, Middlesex 7.59
  45. Keyport School District, Monmouth 7.55
  46. Wallington Boro School District, Bergen 7.52
  47. Burlington County Institute of Technology School District, Burlington 7.49
  48. Passaic County Manchester Regional High School District, Passaic 7.48
  49. South River Public School District, Middlesex 7.43
  50. Pine Hill School District, Camden 7.19
  51. Sayreville School District, Middlesex 6.94
  52. Pascack Valley Regional High School District, Bergen 6.78
  53. Passaic Valley Regional High School District #1, Passaic 6.76
  54. Burlington City Public School District, Burlington 6.51
  55. Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District, Bergen 6.35
  56. West Morris Regional High School District, Morris 6.29
  57. Audubon Public School District, Camden 6.23
  58. Bound Brook School District, Somerset 6.22
  59. Millville School District, Cumberland 6.07
  60. Piscataway Township School District, Middlesex 6.02
  61. Brick Township Public School District, Ocean 5.94
  62. Roxbury Township School District, Morris 5.91
  63. Delaware Valley Regional High School District, Hunterdon 5.90
  64. Riverside Township School District, Burlington 5.89
  65. Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology, Charters 5.89
  66. Pleasantville Public School District, Atlantic 5.88
  67. Northern Valley Regional High School District, Bergen 5.76
  68. Hanover Park Regional High School District, Morris 5.74
  69. Union County Vocational-Technical School District, Union 5.71
  70. Plumsted Township School District, Ocean 5.50
  71. Lakewood Township School District, Ocean 5.50
  72. Teaneck School District, Bergen 5.24
  73. Barnegat Township School District, Ocean 5.19
  74. Eastern Camden County Regional School District, Camden 5.19
  75. West Deptford Township School District, Gloucester 5.19
  76. Ridgefield Park Public School District, Bergen 5.13
  77. Paterson Public School District, Passaic 5.10
  78. Jefferson Township Public School District, Morris 5.07
  79. Franklin Township Public School District, Somerset 5.06
  80. Elizabeth Public Schools, Union 5.04
  81. Woodbury City Public School District, Gloucester 5.00
  82. Passaic County Vocational School District, Passaic 4.98
  83. Lawrence Township Public School District, Mercer 4.96
  84. Toms River Regional School District, Ocean 4.80
  85. Woodbine School District, Cape May 4.76
  86. Harmony Township School District, Warren 4.76
  87. South Hunterdon Regional School District, Hunterdon 4.66
  88. Verona Public School District, Essex 4.59
  89. Highland Park Boro School District, Middlesex 4.59
  90. Salem County Special Services School District, Salem 4.58
  91. Caldwell-West School District, Essex 4.57
  92. Roselle Public Schools, Union 4.52
  93. Bergen County Vocational Technical School District, Bergen 4.50
  94. Bridgeton City School District, Cumberland 4.49
  95. Ewing Township School District, Mercer 4.48
  96. Dumont Public School District, Bergen 4.47
  97. South Plainfield School District, Middlesex 4.46
  98. Camden County Technical School District, Camden 4.45
  99. Delran Township School District, Burlington 4.44
  100. Carteret Public School District, Middlesex 4.38
  101. Clifton Public School District, Passaic 4.32
  102. Egg Harbor Township School District, Atlantic 4.22
  103. Kenilworth School District, Union 4.22
  104. Freehold Regional High School District, Monmouth 4.19
  105. Lenape Regional High School District, Burlington 4.13
  106. Bergenfield Borough School District, Bergen 4.11
  107. Somerville Public School District, Somerset 4.11
  108. West New York School District, Hudson 4.09
  109. Woodbridge Township School District, Middlesex 4.01
  110. Manville School District, Somerset 3.98
  111. HADDON HEIGHTS School District, Camden 3.96
  112. Clearview Regional High School District, Gloucester 3.96
  113. Pinelands Regional School District, Ocean 3.94
  114. Link Community Charter School, Charters 3.94
  115. Monroe Township Public School District, Gloucester 3.91
  116. North Plainfield School District, Somerset 3.91
  117. Rahway Public School District, Union 3.87
  118. Quinton Township School District, Salem 3.85
  119. Somerset County Vocational and Technical School District, Somerset 3.81
  120. Perth Amboy Public School District, Middlesex 3.81
  121. Achievers Early College Prep Charter School, Charters 3.79
  122. Point Pleasant Boro School District, Ocean 3.76
  123. South Amboy School District, Middlesex 3.73
  124. South Hackensack School District, Bergen 3.66
  125. Freedom Prep Charter School, Charters 3.65
  126. Berkeley Heights School District, Union 3.62
  127. Butler Public School District, Morris 3.58
  128. Kingsway Regional School District, Gloucester 3.56
  129. Hamilton Township Public School District, Mercer 3.51
  130. Manchester Township School District, Ocean 3.49
  131. West Orange Public Schools, Essex 3.46
  132. Passaic City School District, Passaic 3.41
  133. Middletown Township Public School District, Monmouth 3.41
  134. Somerset Hills Regional School District, Somerset 3.40
  135. Rancocas Valley Regional High School District, Burlington 3.38
  136. West Milford Township Public School District, Passaic 3.37
  137. Alloway Twp School District, Salem 3.37
  138. Parsippany-Troy Hills Township School District, Morris 3.37
  139. Deptford Township Public School District, Gloucester 3.36
  140. Hoboken Charter School, Charters 3.36
  141. Monmouth County Vocational School District, Monmouth 3.32
  142. Manasquan School District, Monmouth 3.29
  143. Guttenberg School District, Hudson 3.29
  144. Sterling Regional School District, Camden 3.29
  145. Vineland Public School District, Cumberland 3.27
  146. Lyndhurst School District, Bergen 3.27
  147. Northern Burlington County Regional School District, Burlington 3.26
  148. Randolph Township School District, Morris 3.26
  149. Lakeland Regional High School District, Passaic 3.25
  150. Palmyra Public School District, Burlington 3.23
  151. East Windsor Regional School District, Mercer 3.21
  152. Gloucester County Vocational-Technical School District, Gloucester 3.19
  153. North Arlington School District, Bergen 3.19
  154. Collingswood Public School District, Camden 3.18
  155. Livingston Board of Education School District, Essex 3.17
  156. Vernon Township School District, Sussex 3.13
  157. Kearny, Hudson 3.10
  158. Township of Union School District, Union 3.09
  159. Englewood Public School District, Bergen 3.05
  160. Jackson Township School District, Ocean 3.03
  161. Jersey City Public Schools, Hudson 3.02
  162. Maple Shade School District, Burlington 3.01
  163. Cinnaminson Township School District, Burlington 2.98
  164. Hammonton School District, Atlantic 2.96
  165. Ocean City School District, Cape May 2.94
  166. Pequannock Township School District, Morris 2.93
  167. Morris School District, Morris 2.93
  168. Robbinsville Public Schools, Mercer 2.93
  169. Warren Hills Regional School District, Warren 2.91
  170. Bloomfield Township School District, Essex 2.78
  171. Old Bridge Township School District, Middlesex 2.75
  172. Glen Ridge Public School District, Essex 2.74
  173. Belleville Public School District, Essex 2.67
  174. Wayne Township Public School District, Passaic 2.65
  175. Metuchen Public School District, Middlesex 2.63
  176. Chartertech High School for the Performing Arts, Charters 2.62
  177. Vineland Public Charter School, Charters 2.60
  178. Bogota Public School District, Bergen 2.60
  179. Mastery Schools of Camden, Inc., Camden 2.56
  180. Salem City School District, Salem 2.54
  181. Central Regional School District, Ocean 2.54
  182. Burlington Township School District, Burlington 2.51
  183. Nutley Public School District, Essex 2.51
  184. Fair Lawn Public School District, Bergen 2.48
  185. Park Ridge School District, Bergen 2.46
  186. Neptune Township School District, Monmouth 2.46
  187. Buena Regional School District, Atlantic 2.44
  188. Wall Township Public School District, Monmouth 2.43
  189. Kittatinny Regional School District, Sussex 2.39
  190. Runnemede Public School District, Camden 2.39
  191. Upper Freehold Regional School District, Monmouth 2.38
  192. Willingboro Public School District, Burlington 2.37
  193. South Bound Brook Public School District, Somerset 2.34
  194. Atlantic City School District, Atlantic 2.33
  195. Pemberton Township School District, Burlington 2.30
  196. Hoboken Public School District, Hudson 2.24
  197. Irvington Public School District, Essex 2.19
  198. Millburn Township School District, Essex 2.15
  199. Mountain Lakes Public School District, Morris 2.14
  200. New Providence School District, Union 2.13
  201. North Brunswick Township School District, Middlesex 2.11
  202. Hunterdon County Vocational School District, Hunterdon 2.09
  203. North Bergen School District, Hudson 2.09
  204. Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School District, Monmouth 2.08
  205. Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District, Union 2.07
  206. Cumberland County Board of Vocational Education, Cumberland 2.06
  207. Morris County Vocational School District, Morris 2.06
  208. Monroe Township School District, Middlesex 2.02
  209. Montgomery Township School District, Somerset 2.02
  210. Tenafly Public School District, Bergen 1.99
  211. Haledon Public School District, Passaic 1.99
  212. Newton Public School District, Sussex 1.95
  213. Emerson Public School District, Bergen 1.95
  214. Ramsey School District, Bergen 1.94
  215. Pennsauken Township Board of Education School District, Camden 1.94
  216. Princeton Public Schools, Mercer 1.92
  217. Cranford Public School District, Union 1.89
  218. Asbury Park School District, Monmouth 1.88
  219. West Essex Regional School District, Essex 1.84
  220. Pittsgrove Township School District, Salem 1.81
  221. Hopewell Valley Regional School District, Mercer 1.77
  222. Carlstadt-East Rutherford Regional High School District, Bergen 1.75
  223. East Brunswick Township School District, Middlesex 1.74
  224. Bordentown Regional School District, Burlington 1.71
  225. Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Sussex 1.69
  226. Shore Regional High School District, Monmouth 1.68
  227. North Haledon School District, Passaic 1.68
  228. Paramus Public School District, Bergen 1.67
  229. Watchung Borough School District, Somerset 1.66
  230. Glassboro School District, Gloucester 1.66
  231. Dunellen Public School District, Middlesex 1.63
  232. Ridgewood Public School District, Bergen 1.62
  233. Greenwich Township School District, Warren 1.56
  234. Bayonne School District, Hudson 1.55
  235. Township of Ocean School District, Monmouth 1.54
  236. Harrison Township School District, Gloucester 1.53
  237. Hackettstown Public School District, Warren 1.53
  238. Mount Olive Township School District, Morris 1.52
  239. Haddonfield School District, Camden 1.51
  240. Garfield Public School District, Bergen 1.48
  241. Fort Lee School District, Bergen 1.47
  242. Northern Highlands Regional High School District, Bergen 1.47
  243. Bergen County Special Services School District, Bergen 1.45
  244. Westwood Regional School District, Bergen 1.45
  245. Bernards Township School District, Somerset 1.44
  246. Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, Middlesex 1.40
  247. Camden’s Promise Charter School, Charters 1.36
  248. Point Pleasant Beach School District, Ocean 1.36
  249. Trenton Public Schools, Mercer 1.36
  250. Gloucester City Public School District, Camden 1.35
  251. Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, Somerset 1.35
  252. Hillside Public School District, Union 1.34
  253. Hackensack School District, Bergen 1.30
  254. Cliffside Park School District, Bergen 1.28
  255. LEAP Academy University Charter School, Charters 1.28
  256. Cedar Grove Township School District, Essex 1.27
  257. Essex County Schools of Technology, Essex 1.27
  258. Newark Public School District, Essex 1.22
  259. Rutherford School District, Bergen 1.19
  260. Elmwood Park School District, Bergen 1.19
  261. Hasbrouck Heights School District, Bergen 1.18
  262. Passaic Arts and Science Charter School, Charters 1.18
  263. Pompton Lakes School District, Passaic 1.15
  264. Washington Township School District, Gloucester 1.14
  265. Absecon Public Schools District, Atlantic 1.13
  266. Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District, Monmouth 1.12
  267. South Brunswick School District, Middlesex 1.10
  268. Eatontown Public School District, Monmouth 1.08
  269. Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Charters 1.06
  270. Lindenwold Public School District, Camden 1.04
  271. Summit Public School District, Union 1.03
  272. Haddon Township School District, Camden 1.01
  273. Middlesex Borough School District, Middlesex 1.00
  274. Mount Holly Township Public School District, Burlington 0.99
  275. Hillsborough Township Public School District, Somerset 0.97
  276. West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, Mercer 0.97
  277. Galloway Township Public School District, Atlantic 0.95
  278. Gloucester Township Public Schools, Camden 0.94
  279. Hillsdale School District, Bergen 0.93
  280. Springfield Public School District, Union 0.92
  281. Foundation Academy Charter School, Charters 0.92
  282. Lumberton Township Board of Education, Burlington 0.92
  283. Paulsboro School District, Gloucester 0.88
  284. Franklin Lakes School District, Bergen 0.86
  285. Cherry Hill School District, Camden 0.86
  286. Edison Township School District, Middlesex 0.85
  287. Central Jersey College Prep Charter School, Charters 0.82
  288. East Orange School District, Essex 0.80
  289. Madison Public School District, Morris 0.79
  290. Hudson County Schools of Technology School District, Hudson 0.75
  291. Howell Township Public School District, Monmouth 0.74
  292. Ocean County Vocational Technical School District, Ocean 0.73
  293. Hamilton Township School District, Atlantic 0.70
  294. Clayton Public School District, Gloucester 0.70
  295. Marion P. Thomas Charter School, Charters 0.68
  296. Westfield Public School District, Union 0.67
  297. Sparta Township Public School District, Sussex 0.66
  298. Dover Public School District, Morris 0.64
  299. Camden City School District, Camden 0.63
  300. Waldwick School District, Bergen 0.63
  301. Freehold Borough School District, Monmouth 0.62
  302. Kinnelon School District, Morris 0.61
  303. Montville Township School District, Morris 0.59
  304. Union City School District, Hudson 0.59
  305. TEAM Academy Charter School, Charters 0.57
  306. Cresskill Public School District, Bergen 0.56
  307. Pennsville School District, Salem 0.56
  308. Moorestown Township Public School District, Burlington 0.52
  309. Wyckoff Township Public School District, Bergen 0.52
  310. School District of the Chathams, Morris 0.51
  311. New Milford Public School District, Bergen 0.50
  312. Roselle Park Public School District, Union 0.49
  313. North Star Academy Charter School, Charters 0.48
  314. Hawthorne Public School District, Passaic 0.45
  315. Clark Township Public School District, Union 0.45
  316. Winslow Township School District, Camden 0.43
  317. Glen Rock Public School District, Bergen 0.39
  318. Holmdel Township School District, Monmouth 0.35
  319. Montclair Public School District, Essex 0.31
  320. Freehold Township School District, Monmouth 0.28
  321. Lacey Township School District, Ocean 0.26
  322. Evesham Township School District, Burlington 0.23

Coronavirus impact on 2020: It is unknown what kind of impact the pandemic has had on substance abuse amongst teens. However, based on the report’s data, fewer districts showed an increase in abuse during 2019-2020 than compared to the previous year (242 in 2018-2019, 93 in 2019-2020).

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