Mar 14, 2018
The Opioid Crisis

Make no mistake about it, drug addition is at an epidemic level in this country. One of my own famiy members, an amazingly talented young man, lost his battle to drug addiction in 2007. No one is immune. The bipartisan STOP Act originated with three members of the Senate and four members of the House. I am proud  to have been one of the seven primary sponsors. The law unanimously passed both the Senate and the House and was signed by the governor on June 29, 2017.  But there is always more work to be done. We cannot be too diligent, so I am currently working on ways to broaden our attack on this deadly epidemic and will be bringing forth additional legislation in the future.

It is important to understand that this battle is in its early stages and we have a long way to go, but I want to thank the many physicians, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians and other medical professionals who have helped craft legislation to combat the problem. It is incumbent on every elected official in our state to join the conversation and work together to end the havoc this crisis is wreaking on North Carolina families.

My desire is that the STOP Act generate more public awareness of the dangers of deadly drugs. We all have to fight this together!