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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. More than 28,000 Americans died from overdosing on opiates in 2014, a record high for the nation. That’s 78 people per day, a number that doesn’t include the millions of family members, first responders and even taxpayers who feel the ripple of drug addiction in their daily lives. A rise in prescription painkillers is partially to blame: The sale of these drugs has quadrupled since 1999, and so has the number of Americans dying from an addiction to them. When prescriptions run out, people find themselves turning to the cheaper alternative heroin and, increasingly, the even more deadly drug fentanyl. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
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Drug overdose deaths rise significantly in past 5 years

Drug overdose deaths have increased by 33 percent in the past five years across the country, with some states seeing jumps of nearly 200 percent.

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Overdose, Narcan, repeat. Camden County hopes to stop the pattern

A pilot program in Camden County connects opiate addicts with the treatment services they need.

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Monmouth, Ocean prosecutors partner to stem drug overdoses

Two Jersey Shore prosecutors hope a partnership they have formed with hospitals in their area will help stem the tide of drug overdoses in their counties.

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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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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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