Gov. McGreevey: 3 things N.J. can do to turn the tide on opioid crisis

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Best practices must include medication-assisted treatment, long-term treatment and a health information exchange, writes the former governor .

By Aakash Shah and Jim McGreevey 

The opioid crisis has become the defining public health challenge of our time. Overdose deaths are tearing apart communities at a rate faster than the AIDS epidemic at its peak and now claim more American lives each year — over 72,000 in 2017 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) — than the Vietnam War in its entirety. New Jersey has been particularly hard hit by the crisis with its rate of annual overdose