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Two Passaic Valley Alumni Fall Victim to Drug Epidemic


TOTOWA, N.J. - This past weekend, two Passaic Valley High School alumni allegedly died after overdosing on heroin. 

According to friends close to one of the victims, early Saturday morning a young woman, aged 19, was found in the bathroom of a local convenience store, after she and her alleged boyfriend stopped into the shop. After the young woman had been in the bathroom for a while, a store worker got suspicious and called police.

Earlier Sunday a young man in Little Falls was found dead at home after allegedly taking a lethal dose of heroin, according to a friend still rocked by the news.

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Friends, family, and concerned residents took to social media Monday, some expressing compassion for the young adults taken too soon, some angry about the lack of coverage, and others just tired of seeing families in their community losing children.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The names of the victims, details, and names of the business have been omitted to protect the families and people involved. The intent of this article is to bring awareness to the epidemic. Anyone battling addiction can call 1-800-622-HELP24 hours a day, seven days a week to get help.

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