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Cocaine use is still a problem in NJ. (GeniusKp, ThinkStock)
Cocaine use is still a problem in NJ. (GeniusKp, ThinkStock)
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Overdose deaths in New Jersey declined in 2014

New Jersey finally saw a drop in the number of overdose deaths last year. That news was delivered by the state's top law enforcement official. The chairman of the State Senate Health Committee said he was encouraged, but not satisfied.

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Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little, photo by Tom Mongelli, TSM News
Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little, photo by Tom Mongelli, TSM News
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Toms River Police Chief Settles into new Role

The media was Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little's biggest fear when he was promoted from Captain to top cop of Ocean County's largest community a little over a year ago. 

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Two Suspected OD Victims Revived in Lakewood Saturday

A male and female in a Lakewood home were successfully revived by township police with Narcan. Police say the 27-year-old Douglass Weber of Point Pleasant was discovered unresponsive in a kitchen and 43-year-old Jane Bowen of Toms River was found in the living room of an East County Line Road home Saturday, January 31 at 10:30 pm

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Ilya Hemlin, Townsquare Media NJ
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Narcan Use Reaches a Milestone in Monmouth County

Monmouth County law enforcement officials announce a total of 100 deployments of the opiate antidote Narcan since the program began 8 months ago. The prosecutor's office said all but 10 overdose victims were saved since first responders were given the nasal spray

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Pictured left to right: Officer Shannon Martiak, Lt. Lisa LaCroix, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, Colonel Mark Chicketano, Ocean County Chief of Detectives Glenn Miller
Pictured left to right: Officer Shannon Martiak, Lt. Lisa LaCroix, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, Colonel Mark Chicketano, Ocean County Chief of Detectives Glenn Miller
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Narcan is now in hands of State Fish & Wildlife Officers

Add State Fish & Wildlife Officers to the list of Ocean County's law enforcement community carrying the life saving antidote Narcan. Law Enforcement Bureau Division Chief, Colonel Mark Chicketano, accepted their first supply of Naloxone from the Ocean County Prosecutor's office today. Pr

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Free Narcan kits, training offered through January

Since September, 237 residents in Ocean and Monmouth counties have learned how to use the nasal spray Naloxone, or Narcan, to prevent opioid overdose deaths.

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Narcan Demonstration (Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
Narcan Demonstration (Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
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Free Narcan Distribution Friday in Lakewood

If you know someone trapped in heroin addiction, a trip to Lakewood Friday evening could mean life or death.

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Ilya Hemlin, Townsquare Media NJ
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Giveaways in Ocean County Highlight Real and Potential Health Crises

Two health-related giveaways in southern Ocean County cover crises typically not covered by health insurance.

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Ilya Hemlin, Townsquare Media NJ
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Free Narcan Is Being Distributed Through a New Training Program

Free Narcan and training is being offered to Ocean and Monmouth County residents as part of a community-focused overdose prevention project. The Narcan is being distributed through Neptune-based JSAS Healthcare, Incorporated.

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More Help for Heroin Victims

Narcan has been instrumental in reversing more than 70 heroin overdoses in Ocean County since law enforcement started administering the life-saving nasal spray in April. However, with repeat saves now occurring, its limitations in the war on drugs is becoming apparent.

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