RED BANK: DRUG OVERDOSE CASES SOARING

A “heat map” showing the concentration of drug-overdose deaths in Monmouth County last year. (Map by Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

One-hundred-sixty-five people died of drug overdoses in Monmouth County last year, almost double the number just four years ago, the prosecutor’s office reported Tuesday.

Despite the widespread, often successful use of a fast-acting opiate antidote, the number of overdose victims continued to soar last year, rising 35 percent, the agency reported.

Red Bank police Chief Darren McConnell said the number of overdose cases in the borough over the last two years is “ridiculously higher” than he’d seen in the first three decades in law enforcement.

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GUN BUYBACK RETURNS TO RUMSON

Monmouth County residents can anonymously surrender weapons as part of a countywide gun buyback program, scheduled for Friday May 16 and Saturday May 17 in Rumson.

Between the hours of 8:30 am and 5 pm, anyone can anonymously surrender a weapon — without fear of having to answer questions about their identity or how they came into possession of a weapon — at the headquarters of the Rumson Police Department, 80 East River Road. All weapons should be unloaded and transported safely, in accordance with the law.

Cash will be paid for various weapons turned in at the surrender points: $200 for an assault weapon; $100 for handguns; and $25 for shotguns and rifles. Ammunition, pellet and BB guns may be surrendered at the locations but there will be no compensation for those items.

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