New Jersey is in the midst of an opiate abuse epidemic. Every day, two families in our state lose a loved one to opiate abuse. This has to stop. Ask Assemblyman Conaway to introduce A-4760, a bill that requires health care practitioners to discuss risk of addiction when prescribing certain drugs to patients who are minors.
We call on the entire Assembly to pass this law that will give prescribers the opportunity to prevent countless families from suffering the consequences of addiction.
This bill is not an attempt to prevent a physician’s ability to practice medicine; It is intended to require dialogue between parents and physicians, and to help parents know the signs and symptoms to look for if their child becomes addicted to the medicine they were prescribed.
Doctors need to be part of the solution in addressing our state’s heroin epidemic.
Please help us in our last opportunity to have this legislation passed this year.
Contact Speaker Prieto and Chairman Herbert Conoway and ask them to post Assembly Bill 4760 for consideration by the Assembly Health Committee on December 10, 2015.