Most people are aware of the alarming opiate and opioid addiction problem in our local communities. The news is filled with stories of lives lost or ruined by drugs, and the impact on families and society. In New Jersey the problem is particularly acute with the death rate from heroin at more than three times the national average, and an overdose problem that claimed more than 1,200 lives in 2014 alone.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order Wednesday, Jan. 18 declaring the opioid epidemic a public health crisis in New Jersey.