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Suburb where heroin death rate soared now leads battle against epidemic


By Matt Gray | For
on April 27, 2017 at 7:41 AM, updated April 27, 2017 at 5:26 PM

MONROE TWP. — Amanda Potopchuk’s face may look familiar.

She’s someone’s daughter. Someone’s aunt. Someone’s girlfriend. Someone’s friend.

And she’s a recovering heroin addict.

The Williamstown resident, now 29, has been sober for nine years after battling an addiction that began when she was prescribed painkillers at age 15.

You may recognize her face as one that stood next to Gov. Chris Christie during a press conference last year to discuss the addiction crisis.

“I want this to go national. I want my face to be out there,” she said. “This is the face of someone who is in sustained remission from a substance abuse disorder.”