By Andrew Kitchenman, Courtesy of NJ Spotlight
New Jersey can take more steps to stem the toll on its residents caused by heroin and prescription opioid drugs, addiction experts told a Senate committee yesterday.
Their recommendations range from expanding what doctors are required to learn about addictions and conducting a public-awareness campaign to providing addiction treatment in jails and using technology to link primary care providers with addiction specialists.
The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee held a hearing on the topic yesterday as the starting point for what committee Chairman Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) said would be a comprehensive effort to bolster prevention, treatment and recovery from opioid addiction.
The committee’s work is likely to lead to new legislation, since members of both parties – including Gov. Chris Christie – have expressed concern about the problem.
This concern has already led to a new law intended to reduce the number of overdose deaths by protecting from prosecution those who report overdoses or administer a heroin overdose antidote.
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