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Drug addiction: What are the signs?

As New Jersey continues to see a high rate of heroin-related deaths among young people, many parents seem to be ignorant of the epidemic, or perhaps in complete denial about their own child's drug use.

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NJ’s heroin epidemic is ‘spiraling out of control’

Last year there were 781 heroin-related deaths in the Garden State, and the scourge shows no sign of letting up.

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Free Narcan Training for Families in Ocean & Monmouth Counties

JSAS Healthcare is continuing its Opioid Overdose Prevention Project with free Narcan (naloxone) kits and training for families in Ocean and Monmouth Counties.

The training is open to anyone who is at risk of an opioid overdose themselves or to people whose family membe

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A New Ally in the Overdose Battle

The Ocean and Monmouth County Prosecutors' Offices have announced a new partnership in the fight to stem the rising tide of heroin and opiate overdose deaths.

From now on, hospitals within the Meridian, Barnabas, and CentraState systems will provide free refills for the naloxone (Narcan) kits police officers use to bring patients back from the brink of death

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NJ’s drug amnesty law prompting more 911 calls

It appears a law signed in 2013 is prompting more calls to 911 in New Jersey.

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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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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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