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More than 600 people died of heroin-related overdoses in New Jersey in 2014 – doubling the amount of deaths from the drug since 2011, according to the state Medical Examiner’s Office.

Thirty-two people were arrested, including a police officer and public works employee, in the takedown of two independent drug trafficking organizations operating out of Monmouth and Ocean counties, the State Police announced Wednesday.

New Jersey has struck a deal with a California-based pharmaceutical company to receive rebates on Naloxone, the highly successful drug that reverses the effects of a heroin overdose almost instantly.

Brandi Spaulding, a Marion Harding graduate who is working on her doctoral degree in addiction psychology at Ohio State, saw the potential to connect recovering addicts to resources using technology they were already carrying around in their pockets.

Health experts, lawmakers and residents agree that New Jersey is in the throes of a heroin epidemic. In an effort to combat the problem, One state lawmaker who is also a practicing physician, is now helping a colleague spearhead an effort to require health insurers to cover pain medications designed to reduce addiction and abuse.

Nine more people have been arrested and four others are wanted on arrest warrants in connection with an ongoing investigation into a massive ring responsible for bringing more than a kilogram of heroin per week into Ocean County, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said Thursday. Those arrested include Toms River man, three people from Seaside…

A Monmouth County father tells about the years he spent battling heroin addiction.

Heroin does not discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, short or tall, rich or poor, young or old. Once in your veins, the person who you always loved and cared for becomes a stranger.

NJ-based nonprofit HOPE Sheds Light brings awareness on heroin addiction through new video series. TOMS RIVER – HOPE Sheds Light, a Toms River, NJ nonprofit organization that brings awareness on heroin addiction to support healthier families in the community, has launched a new Addiction Education video series, which is housed on HOPE Sheds Light’s YouTube…

LITTLE EGG HARBOR – Another life has been saved with the heroin overdose antidote Narcan. Township police found a 29-year-old man unconscious in the shower about 7:24 p.m. Saturday. Officers John Kelly, Dan Ivancich and Chris Graham administered first aid with the assistance of Stafford Township EMS and used Narcan, also known by its generic…