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February 23--  State Sen. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) released the following statement Wednesday after the state Senate approved the Patient Safety Act of 2011 (Senate Bill 36).

  Carter authored SB36, a bill that aims to help doctors and pharmacists curtail the abuse of illegally prescribed drugs in Georgia.  The Act would create an electronic database of all controlled substance prescriptions dispensed in the state. 

 “Today we moved one step closer for Georgia having the right tools in place to crack down on controlled substance abuse in our state.  With no effective way to track signs of illegally prescribed drugs, Georgia is quickly becoming a haven for so-called “pill mills” and drug abusers from our state and from other states who already have this measure in place.  This Patient Safety Act would finally provide doctors and pharmacists around the state what they need to help prevent illegal activity and help save lives.  I want to thank my fellow senators for their support and I now look forward to working with the House to get this important legislation passed.”