New Jersey’s governor has announced a $50,000 grant for the state to combat the opioid crisis.
Christie made the announcement Friday during a press conference in Newark.
Christie said the money will be used to expand addiction treatment centers, expand treatment programs for people with opioid addiction, and expand opioid treatment and addiction services.
“New Jersey has the highest overdose rate in the nation and we have an addiction crisis that has become a national crisis,” Christie said.
“I know how to get the needle in the haystack and the needle is out.
We’re going to get that needle in.”
Christie’s announcement comes just days after his administration announced a new package of funding to fight the opioid epidemic, including $1 million to expand treatment and $150,000 for addiction and substance abuse services.