Before the state was battling the COVID-19 pandemic it was battling opioid use. In January and February of this year, 540 lives were lost to suspected overdoses. Data from the Murphy administration on deaths from overdoses shows that just over 3,000 lives were taken in 2020, a slight increase from the previous year.
The state is pledging to spend millions of dollars on more harm prevention and treatment programs. Gov. Phil Murphy is asking the Legislature to move a bill package that would expand access to opioid overdose reversal drugs like naloxone.