New Jersey has officially declared a state of emergency.
The governor declared the state to be in a state-of-emergency mode, which means that state-owned businesses must close, including hospitals, hospitals with emergency departments, and all pharmacies.
“We will be prepared to do whatever it takes to take on big pharma,” Malloy said in a statement.
The declaration came as the New Jersey Legislature is considering a $1 billion budget proposal, and the Governor was in New York on Wednesday, where he discussed the state’s drug policy.
Malloy has proposed raising the tax on pharmaceuticals to $25 per pill from $12, which currently sits at $14.50.
He also wants to increase the amount of drug testing workers receive, to $50,000 from $40,000, and to require pharmacists to administer a flu vaccine to every employee.
Malloys budget includes a measure to create a $30 billion fund to fight opioid addiction and addiction treatment.
He said the state will spend the money on programs like expanding addiction treatment, and reducing prescription drug abuse and addiction.
Mallows health plan would require pharmacist to administer flu vaccine every employee, and also provide drug testing for workers, Malloy added.
He would also increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour from $10.
The budget also includes an increase to the state health insurance program.
Mallays proposal would provide free prescription drugs for those without insurance.
Mallay also wants a statewide statewide voter-approved initiative to create more treatment facilities, to improve access to addiction treatment and treatment, provide more training for nurses and health care workers, and improve access for low-income people to health care.
Mallats proposal would also include a program to increase affordable housing for low income families, according to the governor’s office.
Mallys plan would also provide $1.4 billion in funding for addiction treatment for New Jerseyans.
“In order to fight addiction, we must also address the opioid crisis in New Jersey,” Mallays plan said.
The plan would include a $50 million fund to provide addiction treatment to those addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin.
Mallarys proposal also would increase the state tax on drug sales to $20 per pill.