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Holder: Heroin an ‘Urgent’ Health Crisis

Attorney General Eric Holder is calling the increase in heroin-related deaths an "urgent public health crisis" and says first responders should carry with them an antidote to reverse the effects of an overdose.

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NJ Kids Ineligible for Drug Court Program [AUDIO]

Despite the heroin epidemic gripping the Garden State, juveniles are not currently eligible for New Jersey's drug court program, which offers supervised rehabilitation instead of jail time.

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Are You Handing Out Prescription Painkillers? [AUDIO]

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds most people who abuse prescription painkillers are getting them for free from friends and relatives, not rogue doctors or the black market.

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Drug to Counter Heroin Overdose Available to Public [AUDIO]

A drug that can reverse a heroin overdose is closer to being in the hands of Ocean County police officers, but law enforcement won't be the only ones with access to it.

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Should Health Insurance Pay For Heroin Addicts? [POLL]

I read this article today about heroin addicts who want help often coming up against denials from health insurance companies. In one given example, a man addicted to heroin genuinely wanted to stop and his doctor recommended an in-patient 10 day treatment program with medications, therapies and learning social skills to stay clean upon getting out.

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Laced Heroin Causing Fatal Overdoses in East

Authorities say more than 80 people have died this year due to an increase in heroin laced with a powerful prescription drug.

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Heroin Use Soars in New Jersey [AUDIO]

Heroin use is on the rise in the Garden State, and the apparent overdose and death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has brought the issue into the spotlight once again.

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Feds Checking Heart Safety of Pain Pills

Federal health experts are taking a second look this week at the heart safety of pain medications used by millions of Americans to treat arthritis and other everyday aches and pains.

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Some NJ Residents are Smoking Pot – With Their Pets [AUDIO]

Some New Jersey pet owners apparently enjoy doing everything with their dogs and cats - including getting high.

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Would Legal Marijuana Help NJ’s Economy? [AUDIO]

Last week, we told you how state Sen. Nick Scutari (D-Linden) is working on a measure that would legalize marijuana.

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