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Drug addiction: What are the signs?

As New Jersey continues to see a high rate of heroin-related deaths among young people, many parents seem to be ignorant of the epidemic, or perhaps in complete denial about their own child's drug use.

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NJ’s heroin epidemic is ‘spiraling out of control’

Last year there were 781 heroin-related deaths in the Garden State, and the scourge shows no sign of letting up.

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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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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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