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UPDATE ON THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC
A multifaceted war as crisis rages
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ixteen-thousand bags of heroin taken off the street.
Twenty-five funerals averted.
Two guilty pleas to manslaughter.
After notching a record 112 drug overdose
deaths in 2013 and becoming the epicenter of New
Jersey’s heroin and opiate crisis, Ocean County is moving
closer to reducing deaths, curbing abuse and beating back
relentless dealers. Yet 28 people so far this year have died
of drug overdoses, 21 of them linked to heroin, according
to the county prosecutor. At the same point last year, 50
people were dead from drugs.
While the number of lives saved and the lower death
rate are points of pride for county officials, the region and
the state still are figuring out how to effectively deal with a
heroin abuse crisis years in the making.
The faces of the heroin epidemic and the war against it include (from top) John Papiomitis of Jackson and Ashley Locicero of Manchester, both 24 and in
treatment for heroin addiction at Sunrise Detox in Toms River; Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato; and Billy Egan, 26, of Asbury Park, a
recovering addict who has turned his life around. THOMAS P. COSTELLO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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From addiction to academics: Recovering heroin addict now
succeeding in college. Page A10
By Dustin Racioppi @dracioppi
See HEROIN, Page A9
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brought low by heroin addiction and those on the
front lines of the battle against it.
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06.01.14
VOLUME 135
NUMBER 130
SINCE 1879
ADVICE E11
CLASSIFIED D1
LOCAL A3
LOTTERIES A2
OBITUARIES A16
OPINION AA4
PUZZLES E9
SPORTS C1
WEATHER C12
YOUR MONEY AA6
PRESS ON YOUR SIDE
HE’S PICKING UP BAD VIBRATIONS
A resident of the Ortley Beach section of Toms
River blames constant pounding outside his
home related to the massive Route 35
reconstruction project for causing walls of the
home to crack. Your Money, Page AA6
PRISONER SWAP FREES U.S. POW FROM AFGHANISTAN PAGE 1B
LAKEWOOD — The township has found a new way to
evict the homeless from Tent City: Give them cash.
Some of the homeless have pocketed up to $4,000 in
taxpayer money in exchange for staying away from
Tent City and for not taking advantage of a court deal
that entitled them to a year’s worth of housing on the
public’s dime, township and nonprofit officials said.
With Lakewood’s blessing, one homeless man used
cash from his buyout to buy a $2,000 car. A homeless
couple bought a trailer in South Carolina. On Friday, a
man at the camp had a gym bag packed, ready to take a
flight to California, which he had never visited.
“It was a lot cheaper for us to give them the money,”
Deputy Mayor Albert Akerman said. “A lot of people
there were simply down on their luck. They just needed
a little head start.”
Nearly one of five Tent City residents counted in a
camp census in May 2013 who are participating in the
settlement are poised to receive the buyout checks,
some for as little as $350.
Lakewood expects to spend upward of $600,000 in lo-
cal and federal funds to depopulate Tent City and clear
out debris by the end of June, Akerman said.
Lakewood dangles $4,000 carrot in push to evict Tent City homeless
By Kevin Pentón @kevinpentonAPP
See HOMELESS, Page A19