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May 1, 2017

Christie compares today's opioid epidemic to AIDS crisis in '80s

  • Executive
  • Neuroscience – Addressing a conference of addiction treatment professionals Friday, Gov. Chris Christie said the state's opioid addiction epidemic reminds him of another disease outbreak: the HIV and AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

"There's a lot of similarities," he said. "People who are in denial about the lives that are being lost; certain value judgements that are being placed upon the conduct of people who then get this disease."

And the result of those things, he said, also looks similar: "A lack of availability of treatment and a failure by those who are sick to be willing to ask for treatment, and for their family members to come forward and ask for help," he said.


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