Carter in Richmond Hill to talk opioid epidemic in Coastal Empire's most at-risk county

Rep. Buddy Carter says the opioid epidemic happening across the US claims around 115 lives every day, and he plans to talk to about how to combat it today in Bryan County, where it has been particularly bad.

According to the Bryan County Prevention Project, one out of every 20 high school students in the county have misused a prescription drug in the last month. The county has a high opioid prescribing rate than any surrounding county, including the most populous county in the Coastal Empire, Chatham County.

More than 40,000 people died nationwide from opioid overdoses in 2016.

"It is a problem," Carter said. "There's no question about it. Arguably it's not as bad here as it is in Appalachia and West Virginia and northern Kentucky, but it's still a problem here."

Carter, who graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy, said work is being done to try to combat the opioid crisis. President Donald Trump declared the national emergency last fall.

Last week the representative's health subcommittee sent 57 bills to the regular committee. Three of those bills belonged to Carter.

The congressman is expected to speak at the city center at JF Gregory Park in Richmond Hill at 4 p.m.

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