Christie says he'll call on Trump to loosen patient privacy law to fight opioid abuse – The presidential commission on opioid abuse chaired by Gov. Chris Christie is expected to propose a significant loosening of the 21-year-old federal law protecting patient privacy in cases of opioid overdose, the governor confirmed Monday.

"There's gotta be a way that we can let parents and loved ones know when people have been reversed with Narcan," said Christie, speaking to reporters after a speech at Morristown Medical Center to the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey.

The governor disclosed that he was in talks with both Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Department of Justice lawyers about recommending changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, better known as HIPAA.


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