Indiana to Receive $10.9 Million to Address Opioid Crisis
CARMEL, Ind. – Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced that HHS will soon provide $485 million in grants to help states and territories address the heroin and opioid abuse crisis. Indiana will receive $10.9 million.
“The heroin and opioid abuse crisis has hit Hoosiers and our communities hard,” Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) said. “Thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act, Indiana is getting the resources it desperately needs to reduce overdose deaths; help Hoosiers get treatment for substance abuse and stay in recovery; and reduce the over-prescription of opioids. Still, there is more to be done, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress, Governor Holcomb and other state and local partners to end this public health crisis.”
This is the first of two rounds of funding provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act which was signed into law last year with Brooks’ support. The grants will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. To combat the ongoing opioid crisis, HHS has prioritized five specific strategies: strengthening public health surveillance, advancing the practice of pain management, improving access to treatment and recovery services, targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs, and supporting cutting-edge research. More information about these grants is available here.
In 2016, Brooks served on the conference committee comprised of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that negotiated the final details of comprehensive legislation to curb opioid and heroin abuse, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which was signed into law. In addition, Brooks helped lead efforts to pass the 21st Century Cures Act. The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America presented Brooks with their 2016 Congressional Leadership Award in recognition of her efforts to address the heroin and opioid epidemic.
Brooks also serves on the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus focused on raising awareness and increasing education regarding substance abuse and addiction treatment. This caucus also aims to help decrease the negative stigma that comes with these diseases and improve the lives of the people around the country suffering from addiction and substance abuse.