Christie claims progress ending stigma around addiction

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has returned to a familiar theme of trying to held recovering addicts and eliminate the stigma surrounding addiction.

The New Jersey Republican recounted in his state of the state speech Tuesday how he signed a law last year to require drug court for some people accused of crimes.

He also says a law to allow police and emergency medical workers to administer an overdose antidote has saved hundreds of people.

The governor also spoke of a one-call system launched last month by the Mental Health Association of New Jersey for people who need drug treatment and to coordinate existing services for addicts.

Those looking for help can contact the NJ Connect for Recovery at 855-652-3737 from noon to 8 p.m. every day.

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