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New Jersey county offers more help in drug overdose cases

After using a drug to reverse opiate overdoses hundreds of times, police in New Jersey have discovered another problem: The people they save often cannot get into treatment programs right away and some go right back to their life-threatening habits.

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Shedding light on addiction in Ocean County

It's an oft-repeated mantra, but addiction affects more than just the users it entraps. Addicts' families can also be torn apart. Helping them understand the problem is the goal of a charity walk this coming Saturday in Seaside Heights, and the mission of the organization behind the event.

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Heroin epidemic puts pressure on schools to get antidote

The heroin epidemic that has been taking the lives of teenagers for years is creeping into even younger age groups and putting pressure on the nation's schools to keep a fast-acting overdose antidote within reach of every nurse and teacher.

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Adderall abuse grows as college students struggle with study pressure

Adderall, a prescription drug used to improve the focus of those with attention deficit disorder, is being misused by many college students as a study aid, according to Steve Liga, a former New Jersey drug expert. 

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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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Heroin Wasteland – New Jersey’s drug addiction epidemic rages on

In part one of a five-part series on New Jersey’s heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, we examine the growing problem of drug use in the Garden State and what programs are being employed to combat the situation.

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NJ doctors not checking prescription drug database

As New Jersey's heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic continues to worsen, state lawmakers are looking at ways to fight back.

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Is prescription drug addiction on the rise?

A new poll finds nine in 10 New Jersey residents think doctors should be required to tell patients about addiction risks in the drugs they prescribe, thinking along the same lines as a coalition of drug abuse, treatment and prevention experts who believe patients should receive more information regarding those medications.

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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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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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