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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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(Ilya Hemlin,Townsquare Media NJ) Narcan Kit
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Rising price of heroin-overdose antidote worries advocates

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- Just as officials across the country are agreeing that it makes sense to hand out an easy-to-administer heroin-overdose antidote to police, families of addicts and drug users themselves, those buying it face a new obstacle. The price of one popular form has doubled in the past year.

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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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Heroin (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
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Working to stop the heroin epidemic in its tracks

In the fifth and final installment of our week-long series on New Jersey’s heroin epidemic, we look at a wide spectrum of efforts that are underway to stop kids from getting addicted to opiate drugs.

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Steve Drzewoszewski, Intensive Outpatient Coordinator at the Carrier Clinic. (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
Steve Drzewoszewski, Intensive Outpatient Coordinator at the Carrier Clinic. (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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What happens when drug treatment ends?

In Part 4 of our week-long series on New Jersey's heroin epidemic, we examine drug treatment programs and their effectiveness, and what happens after treatment.

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NJ man beats the odds, kicks his heroin addiction

Two years ago, 25-year-old Vinnie S. had no concerns about dying. The former drug addict's primary goal was to "feel nothing" as he continued to feed his heroin habit. A lot has changed in his life since that very dark time.

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Narcan’s impact on New Jersey’s heroin epidemic

In Part 2 of a week-long series on New Jersey's heroin epidemic, we take a look at the heroin antidote Narcan, how's it's being used by law enforcement and emergency medical personnel in the state, and it's impact on the growing drug problem.

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Heroin use continues to rise in New Jersey

In part one of a five-part series on new Jersey's heroin epidemic, we examine the growing problem of drug use in the Garden State and what is being done to combat the situation.

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Heroin pill circulating in New Jersey

The New Jersey State Police are warning of a pill version of heroin popping up in South Jersey, especially in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.

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