Gov. Christie Declares Opioid Epidemic A Public Health Crisis

public health crisis | Just Believe Recovery PA

In This Article

Gov. Christie Declares Opioid Epidemic A Public Health Crisis

Tuesday, Gov. Christine signed an executive order that will free resources to battle addiction in New Jersey – the heroin death rate in the state is twice that of the national average. By some estimates, there are about 128,000 heroin addicts in New Jersey, and that number is continues to be rising.

Between 2014-2015, deaths due to heroin jumped 22%, the state incurring 1,600 fatalities in 2015.

The executive order will create an a task force aimed at identifying new approaches to battle the increasing public health crisis. In addition, the order also directs the attorney general to limit the number of first-time opioid prescriptions that physicians write, and to put in place guidelines that would make it more difficult for patients to “doctor shop.”

public health crisis | Just Believe Recovery PAEarlier this month, Christie announced that addiction would be a priority for his administration, and he spent a significant portion of his State of the State address on his plans to battle the rising numbers of opioid addictions.

He plans to expand the Recovery Coach Program, as well as increase reimbursements to make addiction treatment both more affordable and accessible.

Also as part of his ,plan, Christie announced the launch of a new website, reachnj.gov, as well as a hotline to assist addicts streamline their access to treatment.

Additionally, he says he would like to add beds in treatment centers for older teens and implement opioid education in schools.

Christie:

“There’s going to be lots of different pieces to try and solve this problem. It’s a disease; we’re doing this because it could be anybody.”

The order was signed at a substance abuse treatment center, Integrity House. There, Christie engaged in discussion with addicts, and listed to them talk about their stories and struggles. People who attended the signing appeared genuinely grateful that Christie took the time to speak with sufferers, although some of them did not agree with his politics.

Christie to the group after signing the executive order:

“The reason I do this, is because many of the ideas I laid out in the State of the State speech … came from meetings like this.”

Of note, the event took place less than an hour after Lt. Gov. Kim Guagdano announced her candidacy for governor. Guagdano appears to have been distancing herself from Christie over the last few months, as his approval rating continues to remain low – the lowest of any New Jersey governor in more than 20 years.

~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology

Just Believe Recovery is a fully licensed, Joint Commission accredited, comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment center located in Carbondale, Pennsylvania

Let's Connect

🔒 Your information is safe & secure

Sidebar Contact

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Adderall Alternatives | Just Believe Recovery PA
Healthy Living

Adderall Alternatives

Adderall is a prescription medication used to regulate ADHD. In recent years, alternatives to this drug have been introduced to the marketplace. Research has shown

Read More »
How to Stay Sober | Just Believe Recovery Pennsylvania
Recovery

How to Stay Sober

An individual who suffers from an alcohol use disorder (AUD), also referred to as alcoholism or alcohol addiction, has a chronic and often relapsing brain

Read More »
Can You Mix Zoloft and Alcohol? | Just Believe Recovery PA
Addiction

Can You Mix Zoloft and Alcohol?

Zoloft (sertraline) is an antidepressant drug, and one of the most commonly prescribed medications in its class used today. Zoloft is most often used to

Read More »