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N.J.S.A 2C:35B-5


  •      5. a. Any of the following persons may bring an action for damages caused by an individual's illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance:

         (1)     A parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, or sibling of the controlled dangerous substance user.

         (2)     An individual who was exposed to a controlled dangerous substance in utero.

         (3)     An employer of the controlled dangerous substance user.

         (4)     A medical facility, insurer, employer, or other nongovernmental entity that funded a drug treatment program or employee assistance program for the controlled dangerous substance user or that otherwise expended money on behalf of the controlled dangerous substance user.

         (5)     A person injured as a result of the reckless or negligent actions of an individual user of a controlled dangerous substance.

         No public entity, and no public agency other than a public hospital, shall have a cause of action under this act.

         b.     A person entitled to bring an action under this act may seek damages against:

         (1)     A person who illegally distributed or dispensed a controlled dangerous substance to the individual user of the controlled dangerous substance; or

         (2)     A person who knowingly participated in the illegal marketing of controlled dangerous substances, if all of the following apply:

         (a)     The defendant's place of participation is situated in the same county as the individual user's place of illegal activity;

         (b)     The defendant participated in the marketing of the same type of controlled dangerous substances as those used by the individual user;

         (c)     The defendant was previously convicted of an offense in the State of New Jersey for that type of controlled dangerous substance; and

         (d)     The defendant participated in the marketing of controlled dangerous substances at any time during the period the individual user unlawfully used the controlled dangerous substance.

         c.     A person entitled to bring an action under this section may recover all of the following damages:

         (1)     Economic damages, including, but not limited to, the cost of treatment and rehabilitation, medical expenses, loss of economic or educational potential, lose of productivity, absenteeism, support expenses, accidents or injury, and any other pecuniary loss proximately caused by the use of a controlled dangerous substance.

         (2)     Noneconomic damages, including but not limited to physical and emotional pain, suffering, physical impairment, physical impairment, emotional distress, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment, loss of companionship, services and consortium, and other nonpecuniary losses proximately caused by an individual's use of a controlled dangerous substance.

         (3)     Punitive damages.

         (4)     Reasonable attorney fees.

         (5)     Costs of suit, including, but not limited to, reasonable expenses for expert testimony.

         L.2001, c.114, s.5.