Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced a broad attack on opioid addiction in New Jersey by adding it to the list of illnesses that qualify residents for medical marijuana and expanding Medicaid coverage for medication-assisted treatment, a scientifically proven method of preventing relapses.

Murphy’s announcement comes as the opioid crisis reaches new heights in the Garden State.

State data shows at least 3,100 residents likely died of drug overdoses in 2018, setting a record for the fourth straight year.

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Susan K. Livio ~ NJ Advance Media via NJ.com ~

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