Brooks Praises the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis’ Final Recommendations
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, conducted their last meeting and released their final recommendations.
“The Commission’s recommendations highlight the need for continued focus on preventing drug abuse in our communities and improving treatment services for those who are struggling with addiction,” said Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN). “I agree that increased medical education for prescribers must be a priority moving forward, as their decisions to treat pain with addictive medications can potentially have irreversible and fatal consequences. It is now up to Congress to work with federal agencies to implement these recommendations so we can prevent the abuse of drugs and ensure addiction services are available to those who need them.”
Justin Phillips, a mother who lost her 20-year-old son, Aaron, to a heroin overdose, testified today before the Commission. In the wake of tragedy, she became a leading voice for families facing addiction in Indiana and founded Overdose Lifeline, Inc., an organization providing harm reduction, prevention, education and training programs for communities throughout the state. The organization is especially devoted to purchasing overdose reversal drugs for Hoosier first responders. The Commission’s newly released report includes recommendations to ensure first responders have the proper training to administer naloxone, an overdose reversal drug.
“The addiction crisis in this country will continue to cut our loved ones’ lives short if additional action is not taken,” continued Brooks. “I am proud of Justin Phillips’ dedication to further provide Hoosier first responders with the tools needed to save lives.”
To read the Commission’s drafted final report, click here.