Casino Winners and Losers, Opioids and Juvenile Sentencing – Tuesday’s Roundup

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When the Taj Closed, Who Gained?
It might not surprise you to learn that Tropicana was the biggest beneficiary from the Taj’s strike and closure last year (Tropicana and the Trump Taj Mahal have the same owner – Icahn Enterprises). Perhaps more interesting from our exclusive analysis of the winners and losers since the Taj strike is that the Caesars properties lost casino market share. You can read the full story here on Route 40, with data.

Safer Oxy Led To More Deaths
We have been following the opioid epidemic in Atlantic County closely and anyone else who is interested should take a look at this piece by Zachary Siegel in the Daily Beast. A ‘safer’ version of Oxy that was harder to crush up and snort or inject to get high probably led more people to switch to heroin and many thousands died as a result, according to a new study by the Wharton School and RAND Corporation. “Our results imply that a substantial share of the dramatic increase in heroin deaths since 2010 can be attributed to the reformulation of OxyContin,” the study’s authors wrote. Bill Sprouse took a look at the piece and added some other relevant links here.

Juvenile Sentencing
A New Jersey Supreme Court ruling means that courts now must take into account a whole range of factors including age, family environment and peer pressure, when sentencing juveniles. You can read more here.

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The rest of today’s headlines include details from the ongoing search for a missing Tuckerton clammer, reviews from yesterday’s local MLK Day speeches, and a look at major NJ college building projects.

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