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Jersey Shore's New Problem: Heroin Overdoses

 
Jersey Shore's New Problem: Heroin Overdoses
Posted January 14th, 2014 @ 1:42pm by Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – It's been a rough week for New Jersey, and an NBC News investigation only adds to the state's woes: It found that fatal heroin and prescription drug overdoses at the Jersey Shore more than doubled last year, with 112 deaths in Ocean County compared to 2012's 53 deaths; most of those were heroin deaths. Three more locals have already died this year, and police are warning that a batch of heroin sold as "Bud Light" may be tainted after tying two of this year's fatal overdoses to it, the Asbury Park Press reports. Why the surge in use? One possible reason: Heroin is getting increasingly "pure."

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