Police in Ocean Township spotted a Volvo stopped in traffic as they were heading north on Monmouth Road around 6 pm Monday night, and upon approaching the vehicle they found 28 year old Eric Stein unconscious with his foot on the brakes.
Following the tragic police shooting in Dallas,Texas last week along with the shooting of a suspect who drew a gun on officers in Toms River, New Jersey officials seek to nullify this violence and curb the growing heroin and opioid epidemic here in the Garden State.
Federal drug officials have said the prescription opioid known as fentanyl has the potential to be 50 times more powerful than heroin. But here in New Jersey, the penalties for manufacturing and dispensing fentanyl is different than those associated with heroin. A new bill in Trenton aims to change that.
Heroin isn't the only drug of concern in Ocean County. Though not as widespread, "N-Bomb" or "25i" is similar to LSD and is tremendously dangerous, according to prosecutor's office spokesman Al Della Fave.
Two Asbury Park men and 19 others are charged in what federal agents say is a major heroin and cocaine trafficking ring infiltrating Monmouth and Ocean Counties and stretched from Jersey City to Barnegat and as far away as California.
Heroin abuse and addiction is not gradually becoming an epidemic in the Garden State. It is an epidemic right now, according to one state legislator who has introduced a bill that provides stricter penalties for heroin-related crimes.
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