Heroin “Brands” Killing at the New Jersey Shore

New Jersey state officials (and those from Pennsylvania and New York) recently identified several lethal brands of heroin (which may not contain any heroin at all) that have caused at least six overdose deaths. Wax folds labeled “Power Hour,” “Strike Dead,” and “Taliban” have been sold throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania as heroin. In addition, about a dozen overdoses in Atlantic County may be linked to packets stamped with the names “1-Stop” and “Hunger Games”. According to the NJ state police, these stamped brands of illegal drugs contain a particularly dangerous mix of drugs. Although the typical heroin use also present serious health risks, these brands are considered atypically dangerous.

It’s no secret that heroin usage has become an epidemic in the State of New Jersey in recent years. Authorities acknowledge that heroin and opioid abuse have been responsible for the deaths of more than 5,000 people in New Jersey during the last 10 years. At the New Jersey shore in Ocean and Monmouth County, heroin abuse has reached epidemic levels but thankfully the heroin death rates are starting to drop.

Law enforcement has attempted to stop heroin overdose deaths by administering Narcan, the extremely effective opioid-reversal drug used to save hundreds of heroin overdose victims in New Jersey. Narcan, (also known by its generic name naloxone) is a drug that if administered promptly can often halt the effects of an overdose, literally bringing users back from the edge of death. Naloxone has been used in emergency rooms to treat opioid overdoses for decades, but only since April has a nasal-administered form of the drug become more widely available to members of law enforcement. Free naloxone is being handed out at various Jersey Shore locations. For more information, call JSAS HealthCare in Neptune at 732-988-8877.

But, unfortunately, this life-saving antidote has been ineffective in combatting overdoses caused by those more dangerous brands of heroin listed above. The problem is worsened by the fact that many users probably don’t realize that these “brands” of heroin are more likely than before to cause overdoses.

If you have been arrested for distributing or possessing heroin, it is extremely important that you contact a NJ heroin defense attorney as soon as possible. Laws for heroin possession in NJ and intent to distribute drugs are outlined in N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. It is unlawful for anyone to “manufacture, distribute or dispense, or to possess or have under his control with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense” a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) or an analog of a controlled dangerous substance. Possession and distribution of heroin are especially serious offenses because heroin is a Schedule I CDS as defined by the United States Controlled Substances Act. Call (732) 965-3350 today to schedule a free consultation to get the help you need!