Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Brooks Asks Tough Questions During Energy and Commerce Hearing Focusing on Combating the #OpioidCrisis

Oct 25, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) participated in an Energy and Commerce Full Committee hearing where members received an update from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); on the implementation of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).

Watch Brooks’ ask tough questions during the hearing here.  

October 25, 2017

#FullCmte Gets Update on Federal Efforts to Combat the #OpioidCrisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today held a hearing on federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

“The primary purpose of this hearing is to hear from the federal agencies charged with implementing the provisions of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act,” said Chairman Walden during his opening remarks. “But it also allows this committee to have an important conversation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).”


Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) highlighted a provision included in CARA that she authored with fellow committee member, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA), to establish an interagency taskforce to review and update CDC’s best practices prescribing guidelines.

Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), relayed the good news that the taskforce, which needs to be formed by December 2018, is on its way to being established. Dr. McCance-Katz relayed that the application period for participants has closed and the agency is currently in the process of finalizing those participants.

For more information on today’s hearing, including a background memo, witness testimony, and archived webcast, click here.


To read the complete Energy and Commerce press release, click here.