Treat drug addiction like the disease it is

Saying that New Jersey needs to change the way it treats a spiraling heroin and prescription drug epidemic, a bipartisan group of lawmakers today unveiled a package of 21 bills intended to treat addiction just like any other serious disease.

“We talk freely and openly about our surgeries, our hip replacements and knee replacements, and we even show off our scars,” said state Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), chairman of the Senate health committee. “But rarely do we discuss addiction and substance abuse issues.”

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