This week, Congress sent legislation crafted by a House-Senate Conference Committee to combat opioid abuse and addiction to the president's desk to be signed into law. As a member of the Conference Committee, Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01) played an integral role in creation of the legislation.
"As the only pharmacist in Congress, I am grateful to have been a member of this Conference Committee to provide real solutions to the opioid epidemic plaguing our nation,"said Carter. "The agreement crafted by colleagues from both sides of the aisle combats the opioid epidemic from every angle. As a pharmacist for more than 30 years, I have seen the tragedy of addiction firsthand and I am committed to ending this epidemic wreaking havoc on communities across America. I believe the bipartisan legislation sent to the White House will make a real difference in this fight and I strongly urge President Obama to sign this legislation into law immediately.