In His Final Year, New Jersey Governor Aims To Tackle Drug Crisis

BY MICHAEL CATALINI ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that he will focus in his final year in office on New Jersey’s drug epidemic, promising to limit the supply of opioid drugs doctors can initially prescribe and seeking legislation to require insurers to pay for at least six months of drug treatment. Christie turned the majority of his seventh state of the state address, usually a speech about the governor’s various priorities, into an impassioned plan to tackle a drug crisis that is claiming hundreds of lives a year. “I will not have the blood of addicted New Jerseyans on my hands because we waited to act,” Christie said. “I will not willingly watch another 1,600 of our citizens die and watch their families mourn and suffer.” Nearly 1,600 people in New Jersey died from drug overdoses in 2015, an increase of about 20 percent over 2014, according to data from the state medical examiner’s office. Most of those came from opioids,...



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