Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Addressing Substance Abuse

Indiana is one of four states where the drug overdose mortality rate has quadrupled since 1999. 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Over the past 10 years, more than 2,000 Hoosiers have died from overdoses of opioids, including fentanyl, heroin, hydrocodone, methadone and morphine. This is a crisis for Indiana and for our nation, and addressing it is a priority for me in Congress.

The reality is that although Americans make up just five percent of the world’s population, 80 percent of the global opioid supply is consumed right here in the United States. Improper prescribing practices are one of the root causes of this national epidemic. I’ve seen the impact of overprescription of legal, prescription drugs throughout my career as a Deputy Mayor, U.S. Attorney, and member of Congress. I’ve heard from Hoosier medical schools and professionals that more training and consistent guidelines are needed when it comes to pain management and prescribing practices of these sometimes necessary and incredibly powerful prescription drugs. It’s why I introduced H.R. 4641, which established a task-force of providers, pain management specialists, patient advocates, people in recovery and the relevant federal agencies to review, modify and update best practices for pain management and guidelines for prescribers of pain medication that were released by the Centers for Disease Control in 2016.

This legislation became law in 2016 as one piece of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). CARA strives to curb prescription opioid abuse and heroin use through enhanced prevention, treatment, recovery, education and law enforcement efforts. I will continue to work in Congress to offer common sense solutions to address this crisis that has devastated so many Hoosier families and communities. In addition, I will continue to work with President Trump and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, head of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, to address heroin and opioid abuse in this country.

To read a blog post I wrote for the American Legislative Exchange Council on how government at every level is working together to address heroin and opioid abuse, click here.

To watch a statement I made about why legislation like H.R. 4641 and CARA are so important, click here.

To watch my statement in the Health Subcommittee about the heroin and opioid epidemic in Indiana and our country, click here

To learn more about work done to combat the opioid and heroin crisis, visit Energy and Commerce's website here

More on Addressing Substance Abuse

Oct 11, 2017 News Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee as part of a bipartisan “Member Day,” where representatives both on and off the committee shared proposals for ways to put an end to a crisis that is rapidly sweeping through communities across the country and taking too many American lives. 

Sep 20, 2017 In The News

Indiana, not spared by a nationwide opioid crisis, will receive nearly $5 million in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to tackle opioid abuse, U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) announced on Monday.

“Combatting an epidemic that continues to sweep through our country, hitting Hoosiers hard and taking American lives at an astonishing rate, requires attention on all fronts,” said Brooks, a member of the House Energy and Commerce’s Health Subcommittee.

Sep 18, 2017 News Releases

Carmel, IN – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that Indiana will receive nearly $5 million in federal funding to combat the opioid crisis. Specifically, the state will receive $3.6 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for health centers across the state to tackle mental health issues. In addition, Indiana will receive $1.7 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts.

Sep 15, 2017 In The News

Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) on the push for tax reform and efforts to end the opioid crisis.

Sep 12, 2017 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS – October will mark four years for Justin Phillips- four years since she lost her 20-year-old son Aaron to a drug overdose.

“I never would have imagined close to four years ago, when Aaron passed away, the problem would of this magnitude,” Phillips said Tuesday from Washington in a FaceTime interview.

Aug 25, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks is convinced tax reform and eliminating more regulations on businesses are the keys to growing jobs.

“This administration has been incredibly focused on rolling back regulations and finding those regulations that are harming business growth,” Brooks said. “We’re not going to roll back regulations that have to do with safety.  But I know the level of compliance they are required to comply with is incredibly high.”

Aug 16, 2017 In The News

U.S. Representative Susan Brooks (Republican, IN-5th), came to Marion on Monday for two visits, stopping to meet with the Grant County Opioid & Heroin Task Force and then with the staff and executive leadership at Indiana Health Center (IHC). Brooks was at Marion General Hospital shortly after noon for the first meeting, where she heard about the Task Force’s initiatives to reduce prescriptions of opioids and then the data of the reaction to that reduction. Brooks said that she had told the Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr.

Jun 6, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, R- District Five, made it clear to her Grant County constituents this week that treating opioid addictions and mental health issues in the state were still among her top priorities. 

During her trip to Grant County Monday, Brooks met one-on-one with constituents at Ivy Tech Community College, talked with members of Family Service Society, Inc. and toured the Flannery-Keal Home for victims of domestic violence in Grant County.

Apr 27, 2017 In The News

I don't care what side of the political isle you're on... this episode will make you forget your political affiliations and challenge your views on heroin and opioid addictions. We also discuss education, jobs, and how exponential technology is changing our employment landscape.

Apr 25, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) participated in a President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis listening session for Members of Congress led by Governor Chris Christie at the White House. Brooks released the following statement after the meeting: