New Jersey State Assemblyman John Armato
State Assemblyman John Armato's office submitted these responses to the American Opioid Podcast on 3/27/2019 10:45:41 AM.
What district of New Jersey do you represent?
2nd Legislative District.
Briefly, how would you describe the opioid crisis in your state?
The disease of addiction is now an epidemic in our State.
What are the two or three most significant bills that have been introduced in your chamber to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state?
A3292 would require opioid prescriptions to have a warning label advising the risk of addiction and overdose. A552 would require having to show ID to pick up Schedule 2 Prescription; Only giving a 5 day supply of opioids.
What was your involvement, if any, in those bills (e.g., introduction, advocacy, vote pledge)?
A3292 and A552 are my bills.
Have any of the bills passed? If not, why?
A3292 has cleared both Houses. A552 has to come back to the Assembly because of language change and then to the Governor. The Governor has A3988.
What was the most memorable experience you had while learning about the opioid crisis in your state?
My 48-year old son has been living with the disease of addiction for the last 30 years. I know the opioid crisis. I know what it does to families.
If you had a magic wand that allowed you to pass any legislation you wanted in order to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state, what would that legislation look like?
When someone is ready for detox and recovery we have to have a bed. If they can pay or not should not come into play. If I could have a bill that would remove the stigma of addiction, I would do in a heartbeat.
Are there any additional thoughts you would like to share?
Everyone should be fighting this war together.