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Christie's anti-addiction agenda advances in New Jersey

New Jersey's Democrat-led Legislature on Monday advanced bills sought by Republican Gov. Chris Christie to address the state's opioid epidemic.

Assembly and Senate committees approved legislation to require that health insurers regulated by the state cover inpatient and outpatient treatment for opioid addiction for up to six months.

"We can save lives by removing the barriers to treatment that exist today," Democratic state Sen. Joseph Vitale said.

The bills also would limit initial opioid prescriptions to a five-day supply. That wouldn't apply to cancer and chronic pain patients and for end-of-life care. The legislation also calls for continuing education...