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Chris Christie visits school to discuss drug abuse epidemic

Governor Chris Christie has never wavered in his fight against drug abuse and drug addiction in New Jersey during his time in office. He acknowledged the problem in his State of the State address last month and has recently begun a campaign at schools to remind students and children of the dangers of drug abuse.

New Jersey residents have been hit hard with drug abuse as of late. According to Christie, last year 1,600 New Jerseyians died following an opiate overdose. To put this into perspective, he noted that the is more than three times the number of residents killed in car accidents and four times the number of residents murdered in the state in 2016. Christie also acknowledged that most opiate addictions, such as heroin use, begin with a user's addiction to prescription drugs.

The long term medical and mental effects of drug or alcohol abuse may be used to seek Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Conditions or Illness, though it may be especially difficult to prove and obtain benefits. Unlike other illnesses or mental conditions, one must not prove that the drug or alcohol abuse the current reason one is unable to maintain gainful employment, but that the damage from the abuse or mental conditions would further prevent a recovering drug or alcohol abuser from maintaining gainful employment.

A current drug or substance abuse problem that gets a worker fired or unable to maintain employment does not qualify. One must prove that a previous or current addiction problem has caused significant irreversible or permanent mental or physical defect that is expected to last at least 12 months or ultimately end in death.

Source: The Record, "Gov. Christie promotes drug prevention program in schools," By Owen Proctor, Feb. 7, 2017

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