A father from New Jersey is facing multiple charges after police found him driving high on multiple doses of heroin with his two young children in the vehicle.
Police in Lincoln Park arrested 32-year-old Robert Jurewicz Thursday as he was driving back from the Jersey Shore with his 3- and 6-year-old kids.
Officials responded to an area near Jacksonville Road after receiving a tip of a black SUV hitting a guard rail and driving erratically, reported the Daily Record.
Jurewicz initially appeared to pull over after an officer following the SUV turned on their emergency lights, however, he drove away once the officer exited their car.
Following a brief pursuit officers were able to stop the SUV and detain Jurewicz. They immediately spotted evidence of drug use in the vehicle.
Jurewicz, who police say had trouble standing up and keeping his eyes open, later told police he snorted three bags of heroin while behind the wheel and a total of 15 bags of heroin over the course of the day.
He was taken to Morris County jail, where he faces a charge of eluding police and two charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
Children are increasingly suffering the results of rampant drug abuse throughout the country as the opioid crisis continues to deteriorate.
Police arrested a mother and father in Indiana on March 9 after the parents suffered heroin overdoses in their SUV with their three children inside.
The parents were found unresponsive in their car.
The couple’s three young children were taken into the custody of the Indiana Department of Child Services.
The opioid epidemic is increasingly causing dangers on American roadways, recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System database reveals.
Traffic accidents linked to fentanyl are experiencing a particularly sharp increase — up 304 percent since 2007 — according to an analysis by Alcohol.org, a website for information on alcohol abuse.
Fentanyl accidents had the largest spike, however, the report also found steep rises in accidents linked to a range of other substances over the past decade.
Traffic fatalities linked to the painkiller oxycodone rose by 134 percent over the same period.
Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death for Americans under age 50, killing more than 64,000 people in 2016.
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