For Immediate Release
Susan Lehman, (212) 998-6318
Jeanine Plant-Chirlin, (212) 998-6289 or (646) 265-7721
Expert Availability: Gov. Christie to Announce Initial Findings of Commission Tackling Drug Addiction
NEW YORK - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was scheduled yesterday to release the initial findings of his task force on opioid addiction. The recommendations are expected to focus on cutting down on unnecessary medical use of opiates and other measures designed to prevent addiction.
The task force, called the “President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis,” was created by executive order on March 29. Recommendations today will likely echo comments Christie made when the panel was first announced, where he called addiction “a disease that can be treated.” He added: “No life is irredeemable.”
His comments and the reported focus of yesterday’s recommendations are a stark contrast to tactics the Administration has taken elsewhere when it comes to drugs. Earlier this year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed federal prosecutors to pursue longer, tougher sentences in federal drug cases. The Justice Department is also expected to change polices to stiffen enforcement of other drugs, including marijuana.
SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT
Never Miss a Beat.
Get our best delivered to your inbox.
The Brennan Center analyzed these and other expected changes in Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Record on Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice in President Trump’s First 100 Days.
To set up an interview with an expert, contact Rebecca Autrey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-292-8316.
This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.
Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news outlet. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Won't Exist.
Please select a donation method:
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to redistricting reform, from access to the courts to presidential power in the fight against terrorism.