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When is a Drug Possession Charge a Felony?

The Garden State has many strict laws in place in regard to possession of a controlled substance that carry extremely severe penalties. Generally, the charge will be based on the type of drug and the amounts involved.  The range in these matters can lead to charges resulting in disorderly persons offenses or felony charges.  Punishments in these matters can carry…

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Manchester NJ Man Arrested, Accused of Selling Heroin, Fleeing Police

Police recently arrested a Manchester NJ man accused of selling drugs and then eluding police during a chase through residential backyards. Members of the Manchester Police Narcotics Enforcement Team were on patrol in the Pine Lake Park area of Manchester Township when they reportedly spotted the suspect trying to sell heroin to someone in the park. The Manchester NJ police…

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Higher Prices for Prescription Drugs Can Lead to Illegal Drug Distribution

Prescription drug prices have spiked in recent years, according to a recent study conducted by Reuters. Not only does the increased cost of obtaining pain medication place a huge financial burden on people who need prescription painkillers, it also makes it more likely that these individuals will seek out necessary medicine through illegal means. The black market for prescription drugs…

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New Jersey Faces Serious Heroin Abuse Problem

The State of New Jersey is in the throes of a serious heroin epidemic, with state medical examiner records showing that there have been more than 5,000 heroin-related deaths in the state in the past five years. New Jersey lawmakers, health officials and other interested parties are drawing attention to the heroin epidemic because it seems to be affecting underage…

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Overdose Deaths from Painkillers and Prescription Opioids Continue to Rise

Although drug overdose deaths from “hard” drugs like cocaine are on the decline, overdose deaths caused by painkillers and other prescription drugs are trending in the opposite direction, according to data released by the National Center for Health Statistics. In 2014, more than 17,000 people died due to overdoses of cocaine, heroin and other illicit drugs. Meanwhile, the total number…

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