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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MIDDLETOWN MAKES FIRST NARCAN SAVE

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Two weeks after receiving supplies of Narcan, a new nasal-spray drug created to halt the deadly effects of heroin and other opiods, Middletown police notched their first “save,” the MTPD reported Friday morning.

An unidentified male arrest subject passed out from an apparent drug overdose while being processed at the station Thursday, Lieutenant Steve Dollinger tells redbankgreen.

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