Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Brooks: CDC Understands that the Over-Prescription of Opioids is a Serious Problem

Mar 16, 2016
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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain, excluding cancer, palliative and end-of-life care. Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) released the following statement:

“The CDC understands that the over-prescription of opioids is a serious problem and that clear guidelines for prescribers need to be implemented to help address our nation’s growing opioid abuse crisis. However, we must make sure that these guidelines are updated and reviewed regularly. Legislation I introduced with Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) would ensure that opioid prescribing practices are reviewed by an inter-agency task force and stakeholders from the addiction and recovery community and reflect best practices going forward. I look forward to consideration in the House of this and other solutions to help providers and patients stem the tide of opioid abuse.”  

A copy of the CDC’s new guidelines is available here. A fact sheet about the recommendations is available here.

More information about H.R. 4641, legislation introduced by Brooks and Kennedy to provide for the establishment of an inter-agency task force to review, modify and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, is available here.