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To assist police departments as they combat the heroin epidemic, three health care systems that run nine hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean counties have agreed to pay for a drug that reverses heroin overdoses.

City of Angels, Inc. is a Hamilton Township-based non-profit organization that could make a difference in the life or lives of any individual or family dealing with the disease of addiction.

Surveillance tactics led officers to 400 wax folds of heroin in a 2010 Honda Accord driven by an alleged drug distributor earlier this month, police said.

Normally police arrest people when they get caught with drugs. But Dixon Police want drug addicts to turn themselves in and give them amnesty.

Five township residents and one Toms River man were arrested Friday in a drug bust, township police said.

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.

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