Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Indiana Receives Nearly $5 Million to Further Combat the Opioid and Heroin Crisis

Sep 18, 2017
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Brooks Statement Follows the President’s Designation of This Week As “Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week”

Carmel, IN – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that Indiana will receive nearly $5 million in federal funding to combat the opioid crisis. Specifically, the state will receive $3.6 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for health centers across the state to tackle mental health issues. In addition, Indiana will receive $1.7 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts.

“Combatting an epidemic that continues to sweep through our country, hitting Hoosiers hard and taking American lives at an astonishing rate, requires attention on all fronts,” said Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05). “This new funding will support programs that are committed to providing Hoosiers struggling with drug addictions the resources they need in order to overcome their addictions. It also further supports our brave first responders who are often first on the scene where dangerous, even deadly substances are present, so they have the proper training to safely administer emergency treatment to individuals who have suffered from an overdose.”   

Over the weekend, President Trump declared the week of September 17 “Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.” This is following the establishment of the White House Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission earlier this year, which today announced a new effort to fast-track the development of non-opioid pain medication as well as medication assisted treatment options.

“When I visited with the Grant County Substance Abuse Task Force in August, I heard from community leaders the importance of educating the youngest members of our communities about the dangers of drug abuse,” continued Brooks. “I applaud the President’s efforts to combat an epidemic that is hurting our loved ones across the country and am hopeful that with continued attention and education, less of our family members and friends will suffer from opioid and heroin addiction.”