Contact Us

Legislation Addresses Ocean County’s Heroin Epidemic [AUDIO]

In response to the spike of over dose deaths in Ocean County, largely attributed to heroin and prescription drugs, 10th District legislators are proposing two bills aimed at strengthening drug laws.

Flickr User CGehlen

Senator Jim Holzapfel, and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin met with Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato to address the influx of heroin and prescriptions in the area, largely responsible for the 71 drug overdose deaths in 2013 so far. It’s a drastic increase from the 53 overdose deaths for the entire year of 2012.

Senator Holzapfel says a bill they are pushing for would target dealers by basing drug charges on the amount of “units” on a person, rather than the total weight of the drugs.

“You could theoretically pick somebody up who has hundreds of bags of heroin and the total weight of that amount is not necessarily going to get him or her the most severe punishment,” Holzapfel said.

Additionally, the 10th district legislators are partnering with Senator Chris Connors of the 9th district to introduce legislation to increase participation in the electronic Prescription Monitoring Program. The program collects data on controlled prescription drugs that are dispensed, and is intended to cull dangerous and addictive prescription drugs getting on the street through abuse of the legal prescription system.

Holzapfel says prescription drugs are becoming a gateway drug towards heroin abuse, and is further exacerbated by the popularity of prescriptions driving down the price of heroin.

“Prescription drugs, the Oxycontin etc., the prices on them can be as much as twenty or twenty-five dollars a pill, whereas with heroin at five dollars a bag, it’s a lot cheaper.”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of The Point

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Point Clique quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Point Clique contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.