Wax folds containing heroin are typically stamped with text, images, or both. The potentially lethal drug stamps found in New Jersey are labeled, Power Hour, Taliban, and Strike Dead. Laboratory analysis on these particular drug stamps revealed highly potent and dangerous drug combinations not typically seen. 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. Some of these brands contain no heroin at all, and users may not be aware of what drugs they are consuming.
The N.J. ROIC’s DMI was created in 2009 in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health to address the epidemic of the pervasive use of heroin, opiates, and the violent crimes and burglaries that are directly correlated to this nationwide crisis. The DMI’s ability to expeditiously collect and analyze seized drugs enables law enforcement and healthcare officials to quickly notify the public of potentially lethal batches of drugs in the region as overdoses are reported.
“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,” said Acting Attorney General Hoffman. “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.”
“The Drug Monitoring Initiative is an important tool to help warn the public and prevent overdose deaths,” said Mary E. O’Dowd, New Jersey Commissioner of Health.
The New Jersey State Police recognizes that heroin and drug use is inherently dangerous and potentially life-threatening. Today’s public service announcement serves only to notify individuals who may be possession of this contaminated batch of drugs, which has proven to be lethal on several occasions.
“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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