Brooks Joins Fellow Lawmakers at White House to Discuss the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Crisis
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) joined a group of her Congressional colleagues for a meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other partners to discuss efforts to continue to address the heroin and opioid abuse crisis in this country. Brooks released the following statement after the meeting:
“Too many Americans are struggling with the crippling effects of drug addiction and abuse. Too many families are grieving the loss of a loved one to an overdose. This is truly a national crisis. Although we’ve made headway, we need to do more to help people struggling with substance abuse and their families, especially when it comes to prevention and treatment options. I want to commend President Trump for making addressing this crisis a priority for the country, for creating the White House Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission, and for bringing us together today to discuss this crisis and how we can work together to address it.”
In 2016, Brooks served on the conference committee comprised of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that negotiated the final details of comprehensive legislation to curb opioid and heroin abuse, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which was signed into law. The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) presented Brooks with their 2016 Congressional Leadership Award in recognition of her efforts to address the heroin and opioid epidemic.
Brooks also serves on the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus focused on raising awareness and increasing education regarding substance abuse and addiction treatment. This caucus also aims to help decrease the negative stigma that comes with these diseases and improve the lives of the people around the country suffering from addiction and substance abuse.