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Police Investigating Two Apparent Drug Overdose Deaths

Both incidents occurred on Thursday, according to police

Toms River police are investigating two Thursday deaths that appear to be drug related. 

A 20-year-old Toms River woman and 35-year-old Brick man are believed to have died from drug overdoses, said Toms River Chief of Police Michael Mastronardy. Their identities were not immediately revealed by authorities. 

Police first responded to an Ashford Drive residence at 7:30 a.m. and found that a 20-year-old township woman appeared to have overdosed on narcotics, the chief said. 

"The victim was staying at a friend’s house when she was found not breathing by occupants of the home," Mastronardy said. 

Later that morning, police responded to the Red Roof Inn on Water Street on a report of a male not breathing. That's where the 35-year-old Brick man was found and pronounced dead at the scene, Mastronardy said. 

Detectives Randy Petrick and James Magovern are investigating the deaths along with Ocean County's Prosecutor's Office, Medical Examiner’s Office and Sheriff’s Department, the chief said. 

"The township is experiencing a dramatic increase in heroin being used in the community," Mastronardy said. He urged that anyone with information about drug use should contact the police department's Special Enforcement Team at 349-0150, ext. 1272.

Lou Cando March 23, 2013 at 03:46 PM
drug use come from a need to fill a void why do our young people have such a void poor parenting Gratuitous media onslaught promoting instant gratification school systems who rely on administrative rules and trends as opposed to real life preparation and finally erradication of moral values in society how does killing drug dealers stop that
Lost compass March 23, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Every one here is off topic.. Yes we do have drug issues everywhere. No one is not saying we don't. But to be so hurtful against those who have passed is so wrong. No one and I mean no one really knows why, don't blame it on a lack of parenting or bad schools. Toms river was or is still called heroin high and I am sure other schools have their names also. Doesn't matter if your rich or poor. Instead of bashing those who passed say a pray and if you can't say anything nice than don't say a word. If this was one of your own family members how would you feel and don't say oh as long as its not in my house I don't care. Cause than your lying to yourself.
Sister March 23, 2013 at 07:03 PM
The 35 year old man was a father, son, brother and friend...and a lost soul. Thank you "lost compass" for recognizing that. Matthew's Sister
Elaine Tremel March 23, 2013 at 08:25 PM
The loss of a loved one is always tragic. No one deserves death for being a misguided soul. No one knows the struggles that a person goes through while trying to regain control of thier lives. Please don't lose sight of the pain and torment thier families go through , having no choice but to pray that thier loved one has some success before they end up dead, then having the guilt that they didn't do enough to get them clean , when everyone knows that there was nothing they could have done . It is easy to sit back and pass judgement on others and call them wastes of society when it isn't you that has to bury Simone you love this time . Addiction isn't picky it takes captives from all walks of life . Be grateful that it isn't you feeling the pain today , but never forget that tomorrow it could be you with tears running down your cheeks, wondering what more you could have done , and I hope that in your time of grief , that you don't have to read such heartless comments from people who just don't know what it feels like to be you that day .
Elaine Tremel March 23, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Darn spell check ... Simone = someone
read bull March 24, 2013 at 09:26 PM
SHE stuck the needle in her arm - nobody else did!
read bull March 24, 2013 at 09:27 PM
and more acres in the boneyard.
marcy March 25, 2013 at 12:33 AM
I am very sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.
mwallace23 March 25, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Listen cammi you don't know anything so please stop with the rude comments. These people have friends and families that are so distressed by their loss and your comments aren't helping. Grow a heart
mwallace23 March 25, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Tou are a rude person
read bull March 25, 2013 at 06:45 PM
and TOU are a lousy speller!
read bull March 25, 2013 at 06:46 PM
if you're going to knock someone down, at least make sure you're correct first.
chris Christie March 26, 2013 at 03:13 AM
I agree, I feel no compassion for druggies. In this day and age, people know that drugs are addictive. If you decide to get involved with drugs then you are an idiot. So much less crime would occur if people stayed away from drugs. At least there are two less drug users around.
Realitysux March 26, 2013 at 04:34 AM
How aboaut fat people they continue to gorge themselves putting a huge strain on the healthcare industry driving costs up,and taking away handicapped parking spaces for people who really Need them,plus thay are disgusting to look at!
Realitysux March 26, 2013 at 04:41 AM
Most of today's young addicts didn't start off taking heroin,they most likely started from prescription pain medicine like roxycodone,on a casual basis then they get hooked and when this drug gets to expensive they move on to a much less highly potent heroin which has an unpredictable strength often killing them.this is an epidemic,don't judge too harshly because sooner or later it will efffect one of your loved ones.but for the grace of god go I
fed up March 28, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Well said, it is the truth.
fed up March 28, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Agreed.
fed up March 28, 2013 at 01:21 AM
I agree, since when is being a fat fu%k a handicap. I watch these fat slobs struggle to get out of the cars all the time when i am walking 150 extra feet to get into the store because the first 20 parking spots are handicapped. Then once they are out of the cars there they go justa rolling along with no visable handicap other than being a big fat useless piece of sh1t.
Not forgotten March 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Everyone is assuming both where drug addicts how do you know. No one really knows what happened. But let's be real this poor girl and guy has parents and brothers and sisters do you really think they want to read all these nasty comments.
ray herrmann March 28, 2013 at 01:29 PM
does anyone in this country know how to write or spell anymore???
johny9179 April 09, 2013 at 11:47 PM
you can go to a doctor and they prescribe people heroin! they just call it oxycodone
A concerned citizen April 19, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Cammi I I've seen u on here before I know who you are your cammi and your last name starts with a d"
A concerned citizen April 19, 2013 at 03:02 AM
And your a very bad girl
barbara April 23, 2013 at 10:54 PM
So sad, condolences to their family and friends...
Safeangel April 30, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Well said Elaine. It only takes one use of Oxycontin/heroin to become hooked. The brain calls for it, thats why users keep using thus supporting the dealers. Some addicts may have the will to want to stop using but don't have the strength within themselves to stop. Drugs are the devils tool. Stopping is easier said than done. There needs to be some real help for these people, both young and old and our government needs to take a stand in haulting the illegal distribution of narcotics. There are 7 million people in America addicted to narcotics. How can we, as parents and loved ones take a stand in helping to stop this epidemic?
wookfish April 30, 2013 at 02:59 PM
they're too stoned.....
read bull April 30, 2013 at 03:15 PM
citizen - so what? grow some balls and deal with it. and i'll go one up and tell you im a GUY.
barbara April 30, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Very well said, Lost Compass....never know when it is going to happen to one you love so much.
barbara April 30, 2013 at 10:29 PM
So sorry for you loss, Sister, feel your pain.......remember the good memories and you will always, always have him in your heart. RIP
barbara April 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Well said, Elaine, and so true.........

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