Allow involuntary commitment for drug abuse treatment in New Jersey

Allow involuntary commitment for drug abuse treatment in New Jersey

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Mackenzie Moratto started this petition to Governor Phil Murphy and

New Jersey has long-established civil laws for involuntary commitment for people who are a danger to themselves and others due to mental illness, but substance abuse is not a qualifying condition. Our loved ones are DYING. We need legislation and we need it NOW. 

According to drugabuse.gov, “Nearly 90% of the 2,900 reported drug overdose deaths in New Jersey involved opioids in 2018—a total of 2,583 fatalities.” Not reported in statistics are individuals with drug overdose related brain injuries or the countless families affected my this epidemic. The Opioid/Heroin crisis in New Jersey is growing exponentially and it needs to be stopped NOW.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) drug addiction is classified as a mental illness because addiction changes the brain in fundamental ways, disturbing a person’s normal hierarchy of needs and desires, and substituting new priorities connected with procuring and using drugs. The resulting compulsive behaviors that override the ability to control impulses despite the consequences are similar to hallmarks of other mental illnesses.

Although there is pending legislation for involuntary commitment in New Jersey, it needs to be addressed immediately. Every day, we are watching our loved ones kill themselves and are powerless to stop it.

If you are an abuser and need someone to commit you, SIGN THIS PETITION

If you’re a recovered addict, SIGN THIS PETITION (and CONGRATULATIONS we are SO proud of you!)

If your friend or loved one has brain damage from an Opioid/Heroin addiction, SIGN THIS PETITION

If your friend or loved one is DEAD because of a drug overdose, SIGN THIS PETITION

If your friend or loved chooses their addiction over their children, SIGN THIS PETITION

If you don’t want your friend or loved one to spend their life in prison, SIGN THIS PETITION

If you don’t want to go to ANOTHER funeral for your friends or loved ones, SIGN THIS PETITION

If you don’t know what to do, SIGN THIS PETITION

If you don’t know anyone with a drug abuse problem, PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION- WE NEED YOU

Many people can’t or won’t ask for help. SIGN THIS PETITION

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