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Confronting the heroin epidemic on this week's episode of '-30-'

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The Atlantic County prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit responded to 160 suspected drug-related deaths in 2016.

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The fight against heroin addiction, talking to the dead, creating comics and the lure of pub trivia make up the latest episode of “-30-,” The Press of Atlantic City’s television show, which will air 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Stockton University’s channel.

Here’s the lineup for this week’s show:

• Heroin addiction in South Jersey has reached epidemic proportions. According to published reports, the drug eclipses homicide, suicide, car accidents and AIDS as a cause of death in the state. Staff writer Lauren Carroll and photographer Michael Ein report on the reasons people are drawn to the drug and what’s being done to combat the problem and save lives.

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• If you could contact someone who passed away, what would you want to know? Linda Shields, “the Jersey Shore Medium,” claims she has been communicating with the other side since she was 8 years old. At The Shore Editor Pamela Dollak talks to Shields about her special ability and how she counsels those searching for answers.

• Find out what it takes to create a comic book. Press comics blogger Dan Grote talks with two local artists to find out how they broke into the business, their approach to their art and their advice for those who think they may have the talent to create their own superheroes.

• The popularity of the pub-trivia game Quizzo continues to grow. So what is it about this game that fills South Jersey bars and causes people to cry in their beers? Press features reporter Maxwell Reil and photographer Viviana Pernot visit local watering holes to find out why people play.

Each week, “-30-” explores the stories behind the region’s major events and newsmakers.

The show is produced by Press staffers and Stockton students and airs on Stockton’s public access Channel 9.

Most residents of Atlantic County can watch Channel 9 through Comcast cable. Segments also can be watched any time at PressofAC.com/30.

New episodes run each Thursday and are re-aired at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 5 p.m. Tuesdays.

The half-hour episodes cover the same range of topics as the paper: news, lifestyle, sports and business.

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PSU grad, prior newspapers: Wildwood Leader, Today's Sunbeam.

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