Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

N.J. Gets $1.3M Grant to Fight Drug Activity

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

N.J. Gets $1.3M Grant to Fight Drug Activity

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New Jersey will receive a $1.3 million grant to target the heroin trade and illegal prescription drug activity as law enforcement and legislators team up to lower rates of addiction and overdoses, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. announced Thursday.

More than 1,200 people died of drug overdoses in 2014 in the state, mostly related to heroin or prescription drugs, Pascrell noted. Prescription opioids -- cousins of heroin -- are prescribed to relieve pain, and sales quadrupled from 1999 to 2010, experts noted.

In Bergen County, there were 288 overdoses last year, including 87 deaths. Earlier this month, acting Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal, alarmed at the daily reports of overdoses, began a program to offer arrested addicts a five-day stay in rehab, a strategy that appears to be a first in New Jersey. …

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