New Jersey Department of Health

PO Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

For Release:
January 23, 2019

Shereef Elnahal
Commissioner

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Office of Communications
(609) 984-7160

Governor Murphy Announces New Initiatives to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Governor Phil Murphy and the Murphy Administration today unveiled several new initiatives to strengthen New Jersey’s fight against the opioid epidemic. In 2018, more than 3,000 individuals in New Jersey died due to overdoses.
 
“The opioid epidemic continues to devastate families and communities across our state,” said Governor Murphy. “As we combat this crisis, it is critical that we use data-driven, evidence-based strategies to support individuals suffering from addiction and help them get on the path to recovery.”

The Governor also announced the addition of opioid addiction to the Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) as an eligible condition.  The MMP will have expanded availability by allowing for the use of medical cannabis as an adjunct to MAT for all patients that suffer from opioid addiction, not only those with chronic pain.

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