Opioid Antidote And Overdose Prevention Act Essay
New Jersey Legislation Assembly No. 2082
Description of the Act and Sponsorship
The Overdose Prevention Act was last amended January 14th of 2013. The act was created to protect witnesses to overdoses so they could help someone who is overdosing with immunity from any prosecution. The act also encourages the use of naloxone or other opioid blockers to healthcare professionals to prevent the deaths of opioid overdoses. While not explicitly saying it, this bill is focusing on treatment of drug addiction instead of punishment for it. This bill was passed just prior to the heroin epidemic of Ocean County, New Jersey.
The bill was a bipartisan effort however all of the primary sponsors were Democrats. The bill was signed by Governor Chris Christie on May 2nd of 2013 at a drug rehab in Paterson, New Jersey with drug prevention advocates and families of those affected by addiction. While the bill did not include a budget for the use of Naloxone or public education and awareness but it did state that the drug should be administered without any fee.
The primary sponsors of this bill Senator Joseph F. Vitale of District 19 (Middlesex), Senator Richard J. Codey of District 27 (Essex and Morris), Senator Loretta Weinberg of District 37 (Bergen), Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson of District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex), Assemblywoman Connie Wagner of District 38 (Bergen and Passaic), Assemblywoman Pamela…