Gov. Christie orders tight control of knockoff prescription drugs

Gov. Chris Christie has issued an emergency order subjecting certain drugs made from prescription medication to the strictest level of state control.

Gov. Chris Christie ordered tighter control of knockoff prescription drugs in New Jersey.

Gov. Chris Christie ordered tighter control of knockoff prescription drugs in New Jersey. (9/27/16)

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie has issued an emergency order subjecting certain drugs made from prescription medication to the strictest level of state control.

The order announced Tuesday states that drugs called fentanyl analogs are now considered schedule 1 controlled dangerous substances. Violators will face three to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

The governor made the announcement during an appearance with former Gov. Jim McGreevey in Trenton. McGreevey now serves as director of New Jersey Reentry Corporation, a nonprofit helping ex-offenders with substance abuse.

Christie also announced the expansion of a program that pairs ex-offenders with coaches who help them recover and an extension to a rebate that goes toward law enforcement agencies for heroin antidote Narcan.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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