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NJ hospitals handling more heroin overdose victims

As New Jersey's heroin epidemic continues to grow, hospital emergency rooms throughout the state are treating a growing number of overdose victims.

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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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Narcan Program a Success, But Not Long Term [AUDIO]

Ocean County's Narcan pilot program has reversed 16 overdoses so far, and while it's being considered a success by the prosecutor, it's not a long term solution.

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Stopping Dual Drug Abuse Epidemics [AUDIO]

As prescription drug abuse and heroin use continue to shoot through the roof, the New Jersey Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is out with a series of recommendations about how to address the problems.

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NJ Police Can Administer Anti-Overdose Drug

Some police officers in New Jersey are now permitted to administer a drug that counteracts heroin overdoses.

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Christie Approves EMTs Giving Overdose Treatment

Gov. Chris Christie has signed a waiver allowing first responders to carry and administer medication to treat drug overdose patients in emergency situations.

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Ocean County Drug Crisis Continues [AUDIO]

Ocean County officials are banding together in hopes of putting a stop to the number of drug overdoses in the county.  To date, there have been 83 drug overdose deaths. In 2012, there were 53.

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Governor Chris Christie signs the bipartisan Overdose Protection Act (S2082) into law in Paterson, N.J. on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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New Law Aims To Help Overdose Victims In New Jersey [VIDEO/AUDIO]

Legislation that provides legal protection to people who violate the law while they are attempting to help a drug overdose victim, and those who administer overdose antidotes, has been signed into law.

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NJ Lawmakers Approve Protections For Overdose Help

People seeking medical attention for someone overdosing on drugs would be protected from prosecution under a bill that has passed the New Jersey Legislature.

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