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New Jersey's heroin crisis

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Heroin and opiate abuse is now considered health crisis in New Jersey, with overdoses of the drugs surpassing car accidents as the number one cause of accidental deaths statewide.

Pamela Capaci, executive director of Prevention Links -- a nonprofit focused on preventing, substance abuse said actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's overdose shed light on a heroin problem already gripping many suburbs in New Jersey and nationwide. Her organization is now helping create a first-of-its-kind recovery high school in Union County. The recovery high school is just one of the recommendations made by Gov. Chris Christie's task force, which is also recommending an extensive public awareness campaign.

The gateway to heroin is often opiates so getting a better handle on irresponsible prescribing practices is also a priority.

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