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With New Jersey’s prescription painkiller and heroin epidemic continuing to spiral out of control, one lawmaker is pushing a multi-pronged plan to help turn things around.

The highly-publicized death of Prince in April attached a face to a grim reality New Jersey law-enforcement officials have been confronting over the last few years.

Twenty-six people have been arrested, and a drug distribution network that was pouring 25,000 doses of heroin into Ocean County each week was broken up as law enforcement conducted three major raids in the last two weeks, according to the Ocean County prosecutor’s office.

An “Oldtimer” is a person who gets sober, stays sober and dies sober. Hence, as I am writing, I do not qualify for this. I am however, an oldtimer.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) spoke on the Senate floor to express his concerns about the harmful impact of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act recently introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). The amendment seeks to impose harsher mandatory minimum sentences on offenses related to the opioid fentanyl.

New Jersey 101.5 and NJ1015.com held a special, live town hall Thursday evening on opiate addiction and treatment in New Jersey.

Drugs and alcohol are not just a problem for the cities anymore.

The group is open to family members, friends and those fighting to break grip of addiction, whether drugs, alcohol or something else.

Macklemore and President Obama talked about drug addiction during the president’s weekly address.

In a state where heroin addiction claims two lives a day, it would have been easy to overlook the death of accomplished local musician Justin P. Thouret.

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