Paint Factory Cancer Suit, South Jersey Trolls, Opioid Abuse Treatment -Thursday’s Roundup

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Clams, by Crystal (@memorieslostintime on Instagram)

Paint Factory Cancer Suit
A federal class-action lawsuit alleges that several Camden-county residents developed cancer and other illnesses due to contamination from the Sherwin-William paint plant at Gibbsboro. The plant used toxic chemicals including lead, benzene and arsenic at several sites between 1930 and 1978, according to the suit. Joe Hernandez has the details for Newsworks.

South Jersey Trolls
The Burlington County town of Beverly is home to the most active internet commentators in the United States, according to WIRED magazine (read their piece mapping internet trolls here). Beverly, with a population of 2,513, has 114 residents who made – on average –  1,317 comments each over a 16-month period. They weren’t terribly ‘toxic’ comments, though, according to WIRED, which found that Vermont is home to some of the most toxic online commenters.

Opioid Abuse Treatment
For every one fatal overdose, researchers estimate there are about 30 non-fatal overdoses, but public health officials and others are missing opportunities to intervene and redirect non-fatal overdose cases into treatment, according to a new study in Pennsylvania. (Read the full study here, read the Route Fifty rundown here).

In the rest of the day’s news, Senator Cory Booker has more support for his legislation to end the federal ban on marijuana, NJ is the center of the food universe (with brief mention of AC and Cape May), Ben Harper has some nice things to say about Atlantic City ahead of his gig here this weekend, Atlantic City Weekly picks AC’s best dive bars,  and (leaving Avalon beach homes for the wealthy) some people prefer camping. All that and more below:

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