The growing opioid epidemic in New Jersey is one of the most serious public health crises facing our communities. This epidemic is destroying lives and devastating families and communities. In 2016, New Jersey lost 1,901 of our neighbors to the opioid epidemic. And since 2014, New Jersey’s death rate from opioid overdose has increased by 16.4 percent.

As a former federal prosecutor, I know first-hand the toll that addiction can take on our communities. That’s why we need to address this public health crisis in the most comprehensive way possible. Solutions won’t be easy, but there are some smart things we can do – like expanding access to drug treatment facilities, establishing a seven-day limit on initial opiate prescriptions, and lowering the cost of Narcan.

Ending the opioid epidemic and fighting the abuse of prescription drugs will require leaders from government, law enforcement, medicine, and our communities to work together to find solutions. In Congress, I will do everything I can to find meaningful solutions to this crisis.