wbgo.org: Advocates Push for Action on Bill to Prevent Addiction


By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. December 3, 2015

Eliane Pozyki urges lawmakers to approve the bill
Eliane Pozyki urges lawmakers to approve the bill

Drug-control advocates want New Jersey lawmakers to move on a bill requiring doctors to discuss the risks of addiction before prescribing an opiate-based painkiller to anyone under 18.

Eliane Pozycki chairs the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. She says her son died after becoming addicted to pain relievers that were prescribed to treat a sports injury.

"Had I been told about the addictive qualities of the medicines Steven was prescribed, I would have known to look for alternatives. I would have known to look for the signs and symptoms of abuse.”

Dr. Andrew Kolondy is the co-founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing. He believes the legislation would have a significant impact.

"If doctors and patients and parents understood that hydrocodone and oxycodone were essentially heroin pills, I think they would be much more careful.”

Assembly Health Committee chairman Herb Conaway hasn't posted the bill for a vote.

 "I don't believe that the government has a role in interfering with the speech that occurs between patients and physicians.

 Conaway says doctors have to tell patients about the risks of the medications they prescribe and the legislation isn't needed.