New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced the formation of a drug addiction taskforce last week. The organization will be focused on preventing and de-stigmatizing abuse and strengthening services for addicts.
“As an administration, we've been working hard to change the way we view addiction for the disease that it is and to remove the stigma that's associated with it,” Christie told reporters after visiting the Catholic Charities' Project Free substance abuse and mental health treatment center.
The 12-person “Facing Addiction Panel” will include Democrats and Republicans, spiritual leaders and celebrities.
Christie has made addiction services a key part of his governorship, and it is expected that he will continue to focus on the issue while considering a 2016 presidential bid.
“This is not just an assignment. This is a mission,” he said.