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

More on Addressing Substance Abuse

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:

Apr 25, 2017 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS – A federal agency has awarded Indiana nearly $11 million to fight the state's opioid abuse crisis.

The state's funding from the Health and Human Services is among $485 million the agency recently awarded to all 50 states and several U.S. territories.

Those grants were awarded based in part on overdose death rates. The funding will support an array of prevention, treatment and recovery services for people that are addicted to opioids.

Apr 24, 2017 In The News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency has awarded Indiana nearly $11 million to fight the state's opioid abuse crisis.
 
The state's funding from the Health and Human Services is among $485 million the agency recently awarded to all 50 states and several U.S. territories.
 
Those grants were awarded based in part on overdose death rates. The funding will support an array of prevention, treatment and recovery services for people addicted to opioids.
 
Apr 20, 2017 News Releases

CARMEL, Ind. – Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced that HHS will soon provide $485 million in grants to help states and territories address the heroin and opioid abuse crisis. Indiana will receive $10.9 million.

Apr 20, 2017 In The News
CARMEL, Ind.– Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price announced Thursday that Indiana will receive a federal grant for approximately $10.9 million to assist in the fight against the state’s opioid epidemic.

The grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services and funded by the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which includes $1 billion over the next two years to help combat opioid abuse and heroin use.

Mar 30, 2017 News Releases

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:

Mar 30, 2017 In The News

President Trump will meet with Republican lawmakers on Thursday to discuss legislative action that can be taken to combat the nation's opioid crisis.

The meeting comes less than 24 hours after the White House unveiled a new commission on drug abuse prevention that will be led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Trump met with several recovering addicts and drug awareness advocates on Wednesday in what he said was the first of several roundtables he plans to host on the issue.

Mar 29, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Trump announced that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would chair the White House Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission. Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) released the following statement: