Senator Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) is fully aware of the complexity of addiction and has spent the past 18 months working on crafting a historical package of a new heroin legislation in New Jersey in hopes that it will help address the alarming tide of hundreds of deaths caused by substance abuse addition and the thousands more struggling with addiction that occur each year in New Jersey. Since this is something that is very near and dear to us, we at Discovery Institute wanted to share it with you.
Workings of New Heroin Legislation in New Jersey
The proposed legislation contains a package of about 20 bills and covers a broad range of topics like extending Medicare to incarcerated persons, increase state funding for substance abuse prevention efforts, allowing ambulance personnel to give first responder care without multiple licenses, prohibition of insurance companies to deny coverage for their own management review, and so on. One of the main concerns surrounding this set of legislation is cost, some of the proposed initiatives could cost upwards of twenty million dollars.
Governor Christie’s office didn’t comment on this specific legislation, but he has been supportive of expanding New Jersey substance abuse treatment programs and has worked with Senator Vitale over his course of preparing the package. If passed, this legislation could go a long way towards helping prevention and treatment efforts in the state, like adding more beds to in-patient treatment facilities—especially since a quick response, in some cases, makes the difference between life and death. There might only be a small window of opportunity in which to act, and every effort must be made to ensure that those who are seeking and needing help get it.
At Discovery Institute, located in Marlboro New Jersey, we have 116 beds and our admissions counselors respond to calls 7 days a week. Our program is both cost effective and clinically successful, so if you or a loved one as a substance abuse issue, please call Discover Institute for immediate assistance at (800)714-2175.