SIGNING THREE BILLS, MURPHY ADDS WEAPONS TO WAR AGAINST ADDICTION

Lilo Stanton | July 16, 2019 | NJ Spotlight |

Measures boost awareness of opioid misuse, add warning labels on medicine bottles containing opiates, and write MAT into law

New Jersey will deploy several new tools to help reduce the dangerous impact of addictive prescription drugs and enable healthcare professionals to more quickly treat those who become dependent on heroin and other opioids.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a trio of addiction-related bills Monday that build on the state’s ongoing efforts to address opioid addiction, which contributed to more than 3,000 deaths in 2018.

One measure promotes awareness and education by designating each October 6 as “Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day,” while another aims to reduce prescription misuse and diversion by requiring pill bottles with opiates to include a clear warning label. Studies have shown that four out of five recent heroin addicts first became addicted to prescription drugs.

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