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Cocaine use is still a problem in NJ. (GeniusKp, ThinkStock)
Cocaine use is still a problem in NJ. (GeniusKp, ThinkStock)
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Overdose deaths in New Jersey declined in 2014

New Jersey finally saw a drop in the number of overdose deaths last year. That news was delivered by the state's top law enforcement official. The chairman of the State Senate Health Committee said he was encouraged, but not satisfied.

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Heroin Wasteland – Helping NJ addicts after their lives are saved by Narcan

Heroin Wasteland (Part 2 of 5): In an exclusive series on New Jersey’s drug abuse epidemic, we examine the growing problem of heroin addiction in the Garden State and the programs being employed to combat the situation.

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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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Police officer save 2 overdose victims in 5-day stretch

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities say a central New Jersey police officer who recently learned how to use a drug that can help reverse heroin overdoses used it to save two lives in less than a week.

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Free Narcan kits, training offered through January

Since September, 237 residents in Ocean and Monmouth counties have learned how to use the nasal spray Naloxone, or Narcan, to prevent opioid overdose deaths.

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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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Heroin battle: making progress, far from over

Efforts have been made locally and statewide to combat the issue of heroin and opiate abuse in New Jersey, but the fight is far from over.

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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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Deadly drug is like ‘poison in a package’

A deadly synthetic opiate is causing new concern, especially in Ocean County where law enforcement officials are already dealing with a heroin epidemic.

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Ocean Co. continues Narcan spray success

The opiate antidote Narcan continues to help authorities revive heroin overdose victims in Ocean County, where the drug problem has become an epidemic.

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