House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) spoke with Abigail Robertson with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) about ways the House is leading to combat the opioid crisis that is impacting families in every corner of America. To help communities break free from the deadly hold of addiction, the People’s House advanced a comprehensive and bipartisan solution, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) to bolster treatment and recovery initiatives, improve prevention, protect our communities, and fight synthetic drugs like fentanyl.
From CBN.com: ‘Every Member Has Stories From Their District’
WASHINGTON–Throughout the past month, congressmen have put partisan differences aside to pass a massive package of bills aimed at ending the growing opioid crisis affecting nearly every district in America.
“This is a national crisis right now. Every member has stories from their district,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), House Republican Conference chair, told CBN News.
“I have a friend who was in a skiing accident and now she’s addicted, has lost her kids, addicted to heroin – and this is just one example,” continued McMorris Rodgers.
Carter is active in the legislative process, and he’s introduced three of the bills himself. One bill he’s sponsoring gives pharmacists tools to identify fraudulent prescriptions, but he cautions Congress against overreacting and punishing those following the rules.
“As a pharmacist, the only thing worse than me filling a prescription that’s going to be diverted or abused is not filling a prescription for someone who truly needed that medication,” explained Carter.
The Georgia lawmaker also warns about the need to close a big gap in the medicine physicians can prescribe.
“Once you get past ibuprofen and acetaminophen and tramadol, then you jump to the opioids and that’s a big gap in between those two,” continued Carter. “We need the pharmaceutical doctors who have worked miracles through research and development; we need them to come up with some alternatives for us.”
He tells CBN News he’s pleased with the strong bipartisan effort in the House – and hopes the Senate will act soon on this crisis.