“The opioid initiative is one that’s incredibly important to every family in every corner of this country,” said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He added, “What we need to come to grips with is addiction is a disease and it is a disease that can be treated. We can help people by giving them appropriate treatment.”

“Those involved in the planning say treatment options and recovery have received far less focus over the last 30 years in past government programs. …

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy in a landmark report in November called substance abuse disorders “one of the most pressing crises of our time,” and said 90 percent of people with a substance abuse disorder are not getting treatment.”

Both Democrats and Republicans are expected to donate their time and support to the new commission. The addiction crisis effects all of us and it is time for action from our government leaders. Among those involved is Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

 

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