In his State of the State address, Gov. Chris Christie spelled out four new strategies for addressing the rising number of drug overdose deaths in the state. They include adding $100 million to the budget for mental-health and addiction treatment and converting the Mid-State Correctional Facility at Fort Dix into a treatment facility for inmates.
Addiction treatment has become something of a signature issue for the governor, who has signed laws expanding the use of drug courts to divert nonviolent drug offenders away from prison and providing immunity to those who aid overdose victims.
But questions remain about whether the funding will survive the budget process, and how the new programs will affect those with addictions who are in need of inpatient treatment.