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A Monmouth County grand jury handed up an eight-count indictment Monday charging a suspended Middletown physician and his assistants with operating a prescription drug ring, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Alicia Cook, 29, of Toms River is a writer and the associate director of admissions for St. Peter’s University in Jersey City who has submitted columns for APP’s “Relationship Series.” Today, she shares a very personal letter to her cousin who died from a drug overdose more than eight years ago.

A South Toms River man is being held on heroin distribution charges after Toms River police stopped the car he was driving and found more than 1,300 wax folds of heroin, police said.

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.

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