In the past five weeks alone, there have been 10 fatal drug overdoses in Cape May County alone.
The trend prompted Cape May County Attorney Jeffrey Sutherland to issue a stark warning to the public, encouraging the community to report drug-related activity and urging families to educate loved ones about the dangers of illegal drugs.
Law enforcement is seeing more deaths linked to heroin, counterfeit prescription drugs and other illegally manufactured fentanyls, according to the prosecutor’s office. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, the prosecutor’s office said.
The county, which is home to fewer than 100,000 people during off-season months, has recorded 10 fatal drug overdoses since Dec. 17. According to the first results, there is no apparent link between the deaths and the different types of drugs. were involved.
According to the attorney general’s office, New Jersey had more than 2,600 suspected overdose deaths between January 2021 and October 2021.
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