Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) said that he hopes the Governor’s desire to address New Jersey’s crisis of drug abuse as expressed in the State of the State address proves to be successful.
“Ocean County is ground zero for opioid abuse in New Jersey, and we’ve been fighting this battle against heroin and the diversion of prescription medications for years,” said Holzapfel. “We agree with the Governor that we need to do more to treat those suffering from addiction, but we also need to enhance our efforts to stop dangerous narcotics from ever becoming available for abuse.”
We must do more to treat addiction & enhance efforts to prevent opioids from becoming available for abuse https://t.co/G19njdrgei
— Sen. Jim Holzapfel (@jimholzapfel) January 11, 2017
Holzapfel sponsors legislation, S-1026, which would double criminal penalties for unlawfully manufacturing or distributing fentanyl – a prescription opioid found to be up to 50 times more powerful than heroin.
He also sponsors S-2188, which requires health care practitioners prescribing opioid medications to minors and new patients to limit the amount of prescribed medication to a seven-day supply.
“Many people would never have the opportunity to become addicted if they didn’t have half-full bottles of prescription painkillers from an old surgery or injury sitting in their medicine cabinets at home,” added Holzapfel. “Too many of our family and friends find and abuse these overprescribed drugs with deadly results.”
Holzapfel sponsored a law enacted in 2015 which updated the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) to ensure additional scrutiny of prescriptions for certain medications that are frequently abused.