Video: Governor Christie Issues Emergency Order in Fight Against Opioid Abuse
TRENTON, N.J. – Governor Chris Christie has issued an emergency order to help fight the battle against opioid abuse here in New Jersey. The emergency order subjects certain drugs made from prescription medication to the strictest level of state control. The order states that drugs called fentanyl analogs are now considered Schedule 1 Controlled Dangerous Substances. Violators will face three to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine. The Republican governor made the announcement during an appearance with former Democratic Governor Jim McGreevey in Trenton. McGreevey now serves as director of New Jersey reentry corporation, a nonprofit helping ex-offenders with substance abuse. Christie also announced the expansion of a program that pairs ex-offenders with coaches who help them recover and an extension to a rebate that goes toward law enforcement agencies for heroin antidote Narcan.