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This 80s party drug is making a NJ comeback

The heroin epidemic has been at the forefront of New Jersey's war on on drugs, but another drug is on the rise.

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Toms River Native and Author Alicia Cook speaks at Town Hall. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media).
Toms River Native and Author Alicia Cook speaks at Town Hall. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media).
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Suffering with the disease of drug addiction affects more than just the user

We've seen what the heroin and opiate epidemic has done to those abusing the drugs, but after seeing a family member lose her fight to the demons of addiction, one Toms River native and author is using her gift to show how the needle hurts more than just the user.

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A panel (from left to right) Dr. Vikram Varma of Community Medical Center, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey Angelo Valente, Ocean County Prosecutor Joe Coronato, Executive Assistant for the U.S. Attorney for the district of NJ Sabrina Comizzoli, and Newark DEA Special Agent in charge, Carl Kotowski speak on the dangers of drug addiction. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media)
A panel (from left to right) Dr. Vikram Varma of Community Medical Center, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey Angelo Valente, Ocean County Prosecutor Joe Coronato, Executive Assistant for the U.S. Attorney for the district of NJ Sabrina Comizzoli, and Newark DEA Special Agent in charge, Carl Kotowski speak on the dangers of drug addiction. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media)
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Education: New Jersey’s strength against opioids and heroin

The heroin and opioid epidemic continues to grow not only in New Jersey, but across the nation. A team of panelists held a training session in Toms River this week to discuss how to curb the epidemic and instill more healthy alternatives.

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Ocean Twp. man found unconscious in car charged with drug related DUI

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.

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Sister-in-law injected 15-year-old with heroin, and she OD’d, police say

Her infant and her toddler were home at the time as well, police say.

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Rep. Tom MacArthur in his Ocean County District Office (Townsquare Media)
Rep. Tom MacArthur in his Ocean County District Office (Townsquare Media)
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National Security and Drug Prevention efforts being ramped up in New Jersey

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.

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When the Heroin Epidemic Hits Close to Home

A recent Facebook post going wildly viral is showing just how awful the heroin epidemic in our area is.

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A drug more powerful than heroin, but with less severe penalties

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.

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Another Drug to Be Worried About [AUDIO]

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.

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Jersey Shore Heroin Scene: Time for a Detox

We are hearing more and more everyday about the increasing heroin epidemic here at the Jersey Shore. The problem is no longer relegated to inner cities, or even local towns with a bad rap like Asbury Park.

No, this problem is widespread, and it's targeting our friends, our families, our neighbors, and co-workers. And it's ruining the lives of people at younger and younger ages. And I am trying to understand why.

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21 Indicted Following NJ Heroin Raid

Twenty-one people have been indicted following the disruption of what law enforcement officials say was a high-volume heroin distribution network.

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Brick Township Police Seize 549 Bags of Heroin in Roadside Search

Two Brick Township women face a battery of drug charges following a roadside stop by police.

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