Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Brooks Statement on Declaration of Opioid Crisis as a Nationwide Public Health Emergency

Oct 26, 2017
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) issued the following statement after attending President Trump’s announcement where he declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency:

“The White House reports that 175 people die of a drug overdose every day. We must remember these statistics represent human lives that are cut short because of addiction. Hoosiers and Americans across the country are becoming addicted to prescription opioids then turning to heroin when their prescription runs out. Heroin and fentanyl, extremely toxic and deadly narcotics, are coming through our borders and infiltrating our neighborhoods and streets.

“The opioid and heroin epidemic our country is facing is a public health emergency and requires attention on all fronts in order to save our loved ones from the fatal consequences that can result from abusing prescription medications and drugs. Today’s declaration further emphasizes the urgency to provide Americans struggling with substance abuse the tools and support needed in order to overcome this sweeping epidemic. Still, more work lies ahead. I am committed to continue efforts in Congress because the suffering has to stop. We have already lost far too many innocent lives.”

During the President’s remarks, he highlighted the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is this Saturday on October 28. National Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of excess prescription drugs. There are a number of Take Back locations in Indiana and across the country. To find a location near you, click here.