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May 1, 2017

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

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  • Neuroscience

NJ.com – 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.

Read more at NJ.com.

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