Jasey bill to combat opioid crisis on campuses clears Assembly Panel
In response to the nationwide opioid crisis and its potentially deadly impact on young people, legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Mila Jasey to require institutions of higher education to maintain a supply of opioid antidotes was approved by the Assembly Higher Education Committee on Thursday.
“Opioid-related deaths have skyrocketed in recent years. For traditional college-aged Americans age 24 and under, the number of opioid-related deaths doubled between 2005 and 2015,” said Jasey (D-Essex, Morris), chair of the Higher Education Committee. “We have to do more to address this crisis, starting with equipping our colleges and universities to be prepared if an overdose emergency happens on campus.”