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NJ authorities warn of new ‘highly lethal’ heroin

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PUBLIC SAFETY: Three unique heroin brands — some of which aren’t even heroin but are being sold as the drug — have been responsible for no fewer than six recent heroin deaths in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, authorities warned today.

“Power Hour,” “Taliban” and “Strike Dead” contain potentially fatal drug mixtures “not typically seen,” New Jersey Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said, following lab tests by State Police.

“Some of the drugs found within these drug stamps will not respond to the administration of Narcan, which is used by law enforcement and first responders to prevent opiod-induced fatal overdoses,” Hoffman’s office said in its warning.

“Some of these brands contain no heroin at all, and users may not be aware of what drugs they are consuming,” the AG’s office warned.

A five-year-old Drug Monitoring Initiative operated from the New Jersey Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC) in West Trenton identified the “highly leathal” drugs.

“Nothing less than an all-out, multi-disciplinary approach will suffice to address the crisis of heroin abuse in New Jersey that is destroying lives and ripping apart our families and communities,” Hoffman said. “The Drug Monitoring Initiative is a common sense, life-saving program that sounds the alarm when we identify lethal drug brands being peddled on our streets.”

“Since early last year, we have taken a fresh approach to combating the heroin epidemic in the region based on information sharing from the local through the federal levels,” said Major Al Ponenti, Commanding Officer of the N.J. ROIC. “We are first and foremost interested in saving lives, and that is what this early notification protocol is all about.”

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