A First-in-Nation Opioid Response: New Jersey Requires Warning Labels

July 17, 2019 AT 8:11 AM

In the midst of a nationwide opioid addiction crisis, New Jersey will soon require a warning label on all opioid prescriptions under a law Gov. Phil Murphy signed Monday.

Sponsors of the legislation say New Jersey is the first state in the U.S. to adopt a permanent law to mandate such labels.

It’s one of three opioid-related laws Murphy approved Monday. He also signed legislation making it easier for Medicaid patients in the state to receive opioid addiction treatment by removing prior authorization requirements, and to designate a day in October to raise awareness of the epidemic.

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