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Heroin Wasteland – New Jersey’s drug addiction epidemic rages on

In part one of a five-part series on New Jersey’s heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, we examine the growing problem of drug use in the Garden State and what programs are being employed to combat the situation.

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Is prescription drug addiction on the rise?

A new poll finds nine in 10 New Jersey residents think doctors should be required to tell patients about addiction risks in the drugs they prescribe, thinking along the same lines as a coalition of drug abuse, treatment and prevention experts who believe patients should receive more information regarding those medications.

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NJ court sides with mom who gave birth while on methadone

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey's Supreme Court says a woman can't be considered to have abused and neglected her child because the infant was born with symptoms of methadone withdrawal.

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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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Stemming the Tide of Youth Overdoses [AUDIO]

New Jersey has been invited to join in a national project that hopes to eventually erase the consequences of substance abuse and addiction among today's youth. The main goal is to stop the problem before it begins.

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Elderly Hooked on Prescription Pills [AUDIO]

"Addiction Does Not Discriminate" is the slogan for New Jersey's latest campaign against the opiate abuse epidemic, sending the message that no one is immune to this deadly drug problem - not even the state's senior citizens.

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Is Drug Addiction a Disease? [POLL]

There are some topics that just don't make sense no matter how much you try to examine them but you'll never get an answer as to why they are happening.

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Advice for Families Seeking Addiction Treatment [AUDIO]

Seeking out addiction treatment facilities is something few families plan for, but with a heroin epidemic raging in parts of the state, treatment is becoming a difficult decision for more and more people.

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NJ Charter Schools for Kids Battling Addiction [POLL/AUDIO]

The State Senate Education Committee will consider a bill today to create charter schools exclusively and specifically for students fighting addiction.

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Drug Use Increases Among People Over 50 [AUDIO]

We've made a great deal of progress when it comes to drug use among 12 to 17-year-olds in the United States, but it is skyrocketing among those over the age of 50.

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