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Middletown Doing 'Great Deal' to Combat Drug Problems, Committeeman Says

255 instances of heroin abuse reported in town in 2012

What can be done to quell heroin usage in Middletown?

A Patch list published Thursday showed that Middletown had 255 reported cases of heroin abuse in 2012

Committeeman Anthony Fiore responded to the article in comments on the on the Middletown Patch Facebook page and said that the township is working to address the issue.

"Middletown has done a great deal and continues to do a great deal about all drug problems," he writes. "We have one of the best Municipal Alliance programs that helps educate children as well as provides counseling and support to those who have been affected. Our police and quality of life unit are also a big part of the Bayshore Narcotics task force."

The proportion of heroin use to population should be taken into account, too, the committeeman said in the comments section of the original article. 

"Heroin abuse is definitely a problem in Middletown and everywhere," Fiore writes. "However I think calling 255 cases out of approximately 70,000 residents an epidemic is stretching the truth for headlines."

On Facebook, Diana Watson Stover said that it is "sad" to see Middletown on the list and urged that "everything" is done "to protect our town."

"Let's Go Middletown Police! Clean up this town! You can start on my block," writes Sue Jones. 

One way to help spread the word about the danger of the drug is an outreach program sponsored by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office called "Heroin Kills." It will be presented at the High School North auditorium on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

What do you think should be done to combat heroin use in Middletown and elsewhere? Tell us in the comments below. 
07748 January 02, 2014 at 11:23 PM
To bad the DARE program in the schools was discontinued a few years ago.
Lorraine Best January 03, 2014 at 10:22 AM
You are Praising Flores comments ? Post the others that were more realistic .... This is a huge problem that should have been addressed years ago .... You are treating this like a weekly sale at Khols .... Wake up people your kids are dying !!!!
jean riccardelli January 03, 2014 at 12:25 PM
255 REPORTED!!! Stop downplaying it, it is an epidemic! Clean up our town!
Johnny Local January 03, 2014 at 12:51 PM
"Heroin abuse is definitely a problem in Middletown and everywhere," Fiore writes. "However I think calling 255 cases out of approximately 70,000 residents an epidemic is stretching the truth for headlines." Those are the 255 that were admitted for drug treatment. How many others are out there at risk right now? 1,000? 2,000? How many deaths will it take before it considered an epidemic? Really? Perhaps you should take a moment to read this report from July of 2013 entitled "Scenes From An Epidemic", "A Report on the SCI’s Investigation of Prescription Pill and Heroin Abuse" It describes in detail how the drug trade has moved from urban areas into the suburban and rural areas of New Jersey. It uses the word "epidemic" because that is what it is. Here is a quote from the report: "Detective Sergeant Barry Graves of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office told the Commission he used to see open-air drug trafficking concentrated in urban zones like sections of Asbury Park, but “due to enforcement and technology, now they are moving out to suburbia" Since you are a member of the Municipal Alliance here in Middletown I assume you know this. Why are you then trying to minimize this epidemic?
california January 03, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Heroin users/dealers arent on the priority list because they dont generate dollars for the town the way menial summonses and low bail warrants do. The law in middletown are aware of it and have been for a long time but when half of them are corrupt and the rest disgruntled or preoccupied with their own domestic issues or themselves guilty of using drugs and drunk driving then what you see happening in middletown is what you get. This town is a disgrace to the past officers who built this place up to have such a reputation that one wouldnt even think about committing a crime here because they knew theyd be caught and punished. If youre offended by what i have said then you are part of the problem that is modern day middletown.
07748 January 03, 2014 at 10:44 PM
Yea they're doing a great deal, remember they got a methadone in town. I guess someone saw this coming.
Liz Clark January 04, 2014 at 01:09 AM
"Stretching the Truth for Headlines" Are you kidding me....Middletown was on the same list as Newark, East Orange, Camden, Trenton, Paterson etc.....Are you kidding me? When you want to start solving the problem- what number signals a more serious problem? Want to talk about property value in a town that compares to some of the worst in the state. Horrific- I see drug deals out in the open- clear as day- young kids sitting waiting for a car to pull up- approach- back off- walk over to black luxury car parked 100 feet away. Really? It is in our faces. Stretching the TRUTH- The Truth hasn't even begun to unfold. I am appalled and can not wait to get out of this town.
Johnny Local January 04, 2014 at 09:21 AM
Really? You saw drug deals taking place? So what did the police tell you when you called them with the description of the people involved ,the time, the place, the lincense plate number of the luxury car...etc. Did you send them the photos that you took with your phone? Because if you saw a drug deal and you did not do those things, I too can not wait for you to get out of this town.
california January 04, 2014 at 02:03 PM
I cant speak for liz clark, but johnny local i can tell you the I, myself have done exactly that and more to tey and get something done about the problem in my area and NOTHING has been done. I had a not only a supervisor in middletown pd given plates, descriptions in DETAIL, plate numbers one after another as well as names and cell numbers to detectives and even went a step above that and made an "anonymous" call to the monmouth county prosecutors "tip line" with the same detailed names, phone numbers and in some cases the exact addresses of dealers and pick up locations and not a damn thing has been done. I dont cast empty, random judgement on the law around here, i speak from exhausted attempts to right the many wrong going on here by going to who many think is the "right" people/offices to go to and have had no, NO response. I speak from experience and am sick of this place and the way nothing is being done and here we are ranked with places you wouldnt dream of strolling through during daylight hours without armed protection. Sad, sad present and future for middletown residents. Wake up everyone its not going anywhere without everyone fighting for the same result.
Public&privatesector January 04, 2014 at 07:43 PM
Take a look at the meth clinic on 35 and apple farm road the place is packed everyday! It's all over the town in your face everyday! Clean it up!
Jennifer January 05, 2014 at 02:10 AM
Don't bitch abt the clinic because the 10% who just play the system because for the ones who use it right they are getting used to living a life with out drugs and one day will be weaned off an could hopefully be productive members and atleast the ppl are trying with the clinic and they most likely aren't the ones who are robbing anymore cheating skeaming and doing whatever so watch what you say it could be well worse and maybe years ago I they'd have taught the kids more abt it besides the richie Johnson video we didnt know when you sniff a bag next comes the needle so who's really to blame all you town people schools cops whoever is incharge!
Howell man January 05, 2014 at 02:04 PM
Heroin is everywhere in our county! how come our elected officials are not out in the open addressing this? I guess red light traffic camera issues are more important, or a text alert for residents of the county warning of DAnGER! Is. For Gods sake our children are slowly dying from this heroin! These bums only care about getting elected ,not doing the real hard work that affects all of us ,not just ones political party. We will never learn , get rid of them all and let someone else get involved, and the same for them if they can't get it done either. Term limits! GRIP!
MaverickMom January 05, 2014 at 10:41 PM
Hold on a second, you guys want to crucify our public officials because parenting is lacking? In every town in America there are kids on drugs, instead of relying on others to do something about it, have parents take a stronger position and involvement in their kids lives. Far too many parents have a 'hands off approach' and are not properly informed as to what their kids are doing. Parent first, stop blaming others
Howell man January 06, 2014 at 07:58 AM
What I said about our elected officials is true and you know it. You hear more nonsensical solutions to issues that do not help our quality of life at all. As far as blame if you are not part if the solution, then your part if the problem parents and ELeCTED OFFICiALS especially the chief law enforcement official who oversees the largest law enforcement department in the county which has jurisdiction in all towns in the county the SHERIFF. Mr golden does not have the expertise, knowledge or motivation to address this. Just keeps having fundraisers and playing politics while our county goes down the toilet. Last time I heard heroin possession is against the law! So law enforcement must have a full court press against this epidemic thats is killing our youth, our cities and our future. So now let's see what plan our elected officials come up with. Let's even see if anyone of them come out of hiding and address this with a comprehensive and effective plan of action. This can't be ignored, it will not just go away.
Public&privatesector January 06, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Jennifer that clinic is a blight to the town just like the scum who go there for a legal high! On our tax dollars no less!
MaverickMom January 06, 2014 at 05:53 PM
the only sensible solution is for parents to have a greater impact on the choices their children make. The only sensible solution is to stop asking others to do what parents should be doing by being more engaged in the welfare of their children. You don't blame public officials because you're a lousy parent, have no idea what your kids are up to, and barely even have a clue who their friends are.
Ann January 10, 2014 at 07:23 PM
Blame game. Go after the dealers. Or "pushers" as they use to call them in my day. If they get the source these stupid kids can't get pulled into doing something they can't stop.

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