‘Too many names’ as those lost to drug overdose remembered in Ventnor

Tracy Smith had to take a breath. “Too many names,” she said, reading from a list of those lost to drug overdoses. The founder of Speakers for Change — a group inspired by her daughter’s battle with addiction — stood on a stage on the beach behind the Ventnor Community Library reading the names as Mike McGaffney rang a bell after each one. The event marked International Overdose Day, bringing awareness to the hundreds lost
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Ventnor mom charged with aggravated manslaughter

A Ventnor woman jailed on child endangerment and drug charges in her infant’s death allegedly gave the 8-month-old girl methadone, according to new charges. Lisa Scalia, 32, was jailed in January after police responded to her Monmouth Avenue home and found baby Olaia Marie Mejia unconscious. The infant died at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia days later. A preliminary investigation found Scalia was under the influence of narcotics, and in possession of drugs, including 34 bags
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