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. It is estimated that more than 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

Sep 22, 2018 News Releases

CARMEL, IN – The Department of Health and Human Services this week announced more than $1 billion in grants to further help states and territories address the heroin and opioid abuse crisis. These grants will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Indiana will receive $27.8 million.

Aug 14, 2018 In The News

PENDLETON — The drug and opioid addiction epidemic is impacting the nation’s labor force, Rep. Susan Brooks said during a visit to Pendleton.

Brooks, R-5th District, visited several businesses in Pendleton and was interviewed by The Herald Bulletin Thursday at The Bank.

She said dealing with the issue of drug abuse has been a priority since her election to the U.S. House in 2012 because of her past experience in the criminal justice system as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana from 2001 through 2007.

Aug 13, 2018 In The News

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) -

Experts say opioid addiction at the local, state and national level isn't slowing down, but neither are efforts to curb the epidemic and help those suffering from addiction.

Lawmakers, healthcare specialists and law enforcement officials gathered in Fort Wayne Monday morning to discuss what they call a very complex issue.

Jun 13, 2018 In The News

It’s all about opioids as the U.S. House of Representatives considers dozens of bills to help tackle this epidemic, which claims 116 lives each day across the country. Senate Committees are also advancing bills that likewise incorporate dozens of proposals.

Jun 12, 2018 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 5329, the Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of 2018, introduced earlier this year by Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05).

To watch Brooks’ remarks on the Poison Center Network Enhancement Act on the House Floor, click here.

Jun 6, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, DC – The Energy and Commerce Committee today released the third video in a series featuring committee members highlighting their legislative efforts to combat the opioid crisis. These videos will highlight just a handful of the 57 legislative solutions the committee advanced to the full House in May.

May 24, 2018 In The News

The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce completed its second mark-up of legislation focused on combating the opioid and heroin crisis. The Committee passed 32 bills, two of which were recently introduced by Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05).

May 23, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) was awarded $33 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) is an avid supporter of funding for NIH research programs and advocated for this funding in a letter sent to CTSI exactly one year ago today.

May 17, 2018 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce completed its second mark-up of legislation focused on combating the opioid and heroin crisis. The Committee passed 32 bills, two of which were recently introduced by Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05).

To watch Brooks’ remarks on the Poison Center Network Enhancement Act, click here.

May 5, 2018 In The News

Last month Indiana was awarded a second round of funding for combating the opioid crisis. The $10.9 million provided to the state through the Department of Health and Human Services matches another grant of the same value allocated last year through the 21st Century Cures Act. Signed in December 2016, the legislation has awarded nearly $1 billion to states in their efforts to mitigate an ongoing epidemic of opioid abuse.