On Monday, the New Jersey Legislature began hearings on the Good Samaritan Overdose Response Act.
The act would offer “limited protection from arrest and prosecution for drug possession charges for a witness who calls 911 in an overdose emergency.”
Last month, Governor Christ Christie pledged $2.5 million to expanding New Jersey’s drug courts, which have been offered to offenders in every county since 2004.
“It’s the first step toward reclaiming these lives and treating drug addiction for what it really is — a disease that can be conquered, but only with effective treatment,” Christie said in February during his budget address.
“Let’s not turn our backs on our citizens suffering from this affliction.”
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