nj.com: N.J. drug overdose deaths in 2018 on a record-shattering pace



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The list keeps growing.

The flu. Alzheimer's disease. Breast cancer. Colon cancer. Cervical cancer. Prostate cancer cancer. Homicide, suicide and car accidents combined.

The opioid crisis is likely to kill more people than each of these in 2018. 

Drug deaths are on pace to become the sixth-leading cause of death in New Jersey, with a jaw-dropping 765 suspected deaths already recorded in 2018, according to new state data.

"We're on pace to far surpass the figures from 2016 and 2017," said Gurbir Grewal, the state attorney general. "It shows we can't be complacent."


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