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Dr. Sharon Burke showing the impact NAS can have on a baby's heart (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Making sure newborns in withdrawal grow up healthy

On Monday, we told you about a unique program helping babies born to New Jersey mothers who used heroin, painkillers or other opioids during pregnancy. Many of the newborns go into withdrawal and must take methadone or morphine, and endure weeks of therapy -- but the potential problems don't stop there.

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Baby with NAS (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Helping NJ newborns go through drug withdrawal

As the heroin and prescription painkiller abuse epidemic rages on in New Jersey, hundreds of women addicted to drugs give birth every year to children with a condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

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ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - FEBRUARY 06: Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin on February 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury Vermont. (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
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Heroin addiction information would be expanded under proposed legislation

Health experts have said drug addiction, particularly heroin addiction, is an epidemic in New Jersey's cities, suburbs and rural areas. To help address the crisis, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean) has introduced a bill that would require the state's substance abuse treatment facilities to post information about their services on county and state websites.

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Fighting alcohol and drug abuse on campus

The New Jersey Department of Human Services has awarded a total of $500,000 in grant money to Rutgers University and The College of New Jersey to help fight drug and alcohol abuse by students.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, talks with New Hope Baptist Church pastor Joe Carter during a summit talking about drug addiction, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Newark, N.J. The summit, called "The Many Faces of Addiction: Ending The Stigma," focused on the wide-ranging effects of drug addiction. Christie has labeled the so-called "war on drugs" a failure. He has called for people to put aside politics and have a frank conversation about drug addiction and incarceration. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, talks with New Hope Baptist Church pastor Joe Carter during a summit talking about drug addiction, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Newark, N.J. The summit, called "The Many Faces of Addiction: Ending The Stigma," focused on the wide-ranging effects of drug addiction. Christie has labeled the so-called "war on drugs" a failure. He has called for people to put aside politics and have a frank conversation about drug addiction and incarceration. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Christie gives personal story at addiction summit

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Chris Christie got personal at a summit on addiction on Tuesday, highlighting the disease's disregard for race, class and education distinctions with a story about a law school classmate who had a family and successful career but became addicted to alcohol and painkillers and died recently.

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Legislation would create NJ task force to tackle drug abuse

Legislation to create a task force to tackle New Jersey's growing heroin and prescription drug abuse is being pushed in Trenton.​

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Ocean County wants more help for heroin overdose 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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White House outlines 2014 drug control policy

Closely mirroring its past positions, the Obama administration's 2014 drug policy will focus tightly on curbing heroin use and prescription painkillers abuse while continuing to oppose the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering at a town hall meeting Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Haddon Heights, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering at a town hall meeting Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Haddon Heights, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Christie campaigns to make drug abuse his issue

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- On no one's early list of issues likely to headline the 2016 Republican presidential primaries is the nation's "war on drugs."

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Feds seek ways to expand use of addiction drug

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government's top drug abuse experts are struggling to find ways to expand use of a medicine that is considered the best therapy for treating heroin and painkiller addiction.

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