Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Brooks Testifies Before Energy & Commerce and Discusses What More Can Be Done to Combat the #OpioidCrisis

Oct 11, 2017
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“Across our state there are enough bottles of painkillers in circulation for nearly every Hoosier to have their own.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee as part of a bipartisan “Member Day,” where representatives both on and off the committee shared proposals for ways to put an end to a crisis that is rapidly sweeping through communities across the country and taking too many American lives. 

To watch Brooks’ remarks, click here.

Brooks highlighted that Indiana University, in partnership with Governor Holcomb, yesterday announced a multi-faceted initiative to fight the opioid epidemic. The initiative, called Responding to the Addictions Crisis, is led by IU’s Dean of Nursing Robin Newhouse and is committing $50 million over the next five years to collaborate with state and community partners to tackle this crisis, making it one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive state-based responses with every IU campus throughout the state involved. It will focus on decreasing the number of overdose deaths due to opioids, decreasing the number of babies born addicted to opioids and decreasing the incidence of substance use disorder through five different concentrations: data collection and analysis, training and education, policy analysis and development, addictions sciences, and community and workforce development.

“I am proud of Indiana University’s commitment to tackling the opioid crisis head-on, and that major efforts continue across our state to help our friends, loved-ones and neighbors struggling with drug abuse,” said Brooks. “Every two and a half hours a Hoosier is sent to the hospital for an opioid overdose. The statistics are devastating and in order to end this epidemic, I believe everyone has a role to play. That is why I am developing legislation to ensure that physicians and other medical professionals are part of the solution so they can help prevent the onset of addiction by educating people of the dangers of drug abuse as well as support those already struggling with addiction.”

During today’s hearing, Brooks also highlighted the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 28, which 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.

For more information on Member Day, click here.