NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is considering proposed regulations aimed at curbing incentives to doctors as a way to stem the opioid epidemic.

Attorney General Christopher Porrino conducted a public hearing in Newark Thursday.

The state says New Jersey doctors collected $69 million from drug companies and device manufacturers last year.

The state is examining whether lavish meals and uncapped compensation from pharmaceutical companies influence physicians to prescribe highly addictive opioids.

The hearing featured comments from the pharmaceutical industry and the public.