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Somers Point hosting open talk about heroin, opiate epidemic

Somers Point is hosting a Town Hall meeting Monday night to talk about the opiate problem in the area. The meeting is meant to help parents, teachers and others recognize use, find out what help and resources are available, and hear the impact heroin and other opiates have had on Somers Point and the entire region. The panel is hosted by Promises New Jersey, a Somers Point rehabilitation center that offers in-patient and outpatient care for
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Overdose Awareness events in Ventnor on Thursday

Free narcan training and a remembrance event will mark International Overdose Awareness Day in Ventnor on Thursday. The day is meant to raise awareness along with reducing the stigma of drug-related deaths. Anyone looking to learn how to administer naloxone — which can reverse the affects of an opiate overdose — is invited to the Ventnor Community Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Then, at 6 p.m., a remembrance will be held on the beach
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Recovery Force finding new way to help in addiction battle

When prescription drugs led to his younger brother’s death three years ago, Robert Catalano Jr. was surprised at how behind Atlantic County was in treating addiction. The clinical psychologist and Holy Spirit graduate had worked in the field for years in Pennsylvania. He even battled his own addiction to alcohol and cocaine. There are few alternatives for those seeking treatment. Beds are full. Local hospitals offer detox programs but they’re only three days. That’s enough
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Drugs deaths hit record in 2016, NY Times study finds

Drugs are more deadly than ever before, the New York Times reported. More than 59,000 people are believed to have died by drugs in 2016, when 52,404 people died, according to the report. But the number could be as high as 65,000. The deaths are more than those who died from HIV at the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1995. Because it takes time for drug deaths to be officially determined, the Centers for
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Doctors acting as drug dealers are focus of AG’s new tipline

The opiate and heroin epidemic got much of its start in doctors’ offices. “I was surprised to see that doctors, at times, are at the root of the problem,” Criminal Justice Director Elie Honig told BreakingAC last month. “You see a doctor as a responsible authority figure, but some are functioning as pill mills, indiscriminately prescribing opiates.” Now, state Attorney General Christopher Porrino is asking for the public to help find these doctors, and put
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Organ donation gives hope to Somers Point family after loss to addiction

Vincent Battipaglia’s family feared his addiction would take his life. But after the worst happened this past October, they found something to give them hope, they said Friday. The 27-year-old Somers Point man’s organs helped save two others people’s lives. The family was honored yesterday during a ceremony for the Gift of Life Donor Program at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City Campus. The hospital is one of 131 in the South Jersey/eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware region that
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Parents’ grief turns to help for others in year after son’s overdose death

After their son died of a heroin overdose last year, Bill and Tammy Schmincke knew they had to do something to help others avoid their heartbreak. Stop the Heroin began as a way to honor their son Steven, found dead in his daughter’s bedroom inside his parent’s Egg Harbor Township home at just 26.  In the year since there have been lots of tears. His parents, like the growing number who have lost children to
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Stop the Heroin opens its first sober living house in Pleasantville

Mike McGaffney always wondered why he got to wake up from comas and drug overdoses while his brother didn’t. In recovery, he’s learned his purpose: Helping others wake up from their own battles with addiction. “I’m supposed to be here,” he says. “I’m staying clean hrough what I’m doing. I’m helping others, but I’m actually doing this for me too.” What he’s doing now is managing for Steven’s Place, a sober living house in Pleasantville
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EHT man arrested, 178 packets of heroin seized

An Egg Harbor Township man released from prison in February was arrested on drug charges Tuesday. Daniel Parrish, 41, was arrested after the Atlantic County SWAT team searched a residence on Sandpiper Driver and found 178 packets of suspected heroin, along with empty wax folds for packaging and $307 in cash, Lt. Robert Gray said. Parrish was released from the Southern State Correctional Facility in February after serving a three-year sentence on drug charges. He
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Shuttered T-Mobile was used for drug business, police say

The T-Mobile in Pleasantville may have been closed, but it was still open for those seeking drugs, police say. Hommy Velazquez, 40, was allegedly selling heroin out of the shuttered business at 113 S. Main St. The department received numerous tips about the illegal business, and an investigation was started by Detective Miguel Lugo, under Sgt. Angelo Maldonado, police said. Last week, police searched the business and found Velazquez had 46 grams of heroin, crack
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