The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday that two local people died from heroin overdoses in the past week, bringing the total to four since Sept. 1.

Stating that heroin use is a “growing epidemic” in the county, Prosecutor Robert Taylor said there have been 23 fatal overdoses so far this year and 95 reported drug-related overdoses.

Such events are spreading throughout the county and include North Wildwood, Lower Township, Middle Township and Dennis Township, Taylor said.

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The most recent overdose occurred Tuesday when police discovered a 46-year-old man dead in a Lower Township home. Police found the victim lying on the floor and evidence of a heroin overdose around the victim. An autopsy has yet to be conducted.

Authorities also said they believe a heroin overdose is the cause of death for a 30-year-old man found Sunday in a home in Dennis Township. An autopsy is scheduled.

Authorities also said a 24-year-old man was found dead in a Middle Township residence Sept. 9, and a 60-year-old man was found dead in North Wildwood Sept. 18. Authorities believe a heroin overdose is the cause of death in both instances, but autopsies were pending Thursday.

Taylor asked residents to educate their friends and families about the dangers of heroin and report illegal activity they know about.

The information can be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800 or 877-465-2801, and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1168.

Contact Joel Landau:

609-272-7215

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