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NJ Cracks Down On Heroin And Prescription Drug Abuse

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New Jersey’s top-cop, Robert Westfall with the Toms River Police Department, made a record number of DUI arrests last year, 105 to be exact. He vows to do what he can to help stop the epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse in Ocean County.

Officer Westfall used to work the night-shift which was often from 1:30pm through 11:00pm and he said surprisingly there hasn’t been a decrease in the number of DUI arrests since he’s switched to days. So far this year, he has made about 25 arrests and he says that it doesn’t matter the time of day or the season.

Governor Christie seems to be at the forefront of this epidemic in the Garden State as well. Yesterday he was in Trenton at the Rescue Mission where he announced the expansion of the Narcan program.

“We took further action to reduce the number of heroin deaths in our communities by implementing the Narcan pilot program,” he said.

Narcan is used when someone is suffering from a heroin overdose and it can actually save their lives. In Ocean County alone, it’s saved 41 people since the launch in April. Christie plans to expand the use of Narcan across the state and the people who are using it are first-responders and law enforcement officers.

Narcan can also be obtained with a prescription from your doctor. There is a training video online and many feel that it should be distributed because it has saved so many lives.

Last year to date, 61 people died of a heroin overdose and this year in Ocean County the number is down to 29. They attribute this decrease in fatalities from heroin fully to the use Narcan.

Recovering addict Daniel Watkins said that this is a great first-step to combating this ongoing epidemic.

“We need to focus on getting the people the help that they need to keep moving forward to become a productive member of society,” he said.


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