In legislative news:

New Jersey could become the sixth state in the nation to require physicians to check a drug monitoring database before prescribing opioids. The legislation, Senate Bill 1998, has three months remaining in the session to pass and legislators are still hopeful. The measure has faced resistance from medical groups but supporters assert that the change needs to be made to save lives. According to the New Jersey Commission of Investigation, 75% of drug-related deaths in New Jersey are related to prescription medications.

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