Curbing Opioid Crisis

Fair Shot Agenda: Health

Attacking the opioid crisis is issue number one for many Hoosier communities. The pain of losing a loved one due to a drug overdose is something no one should have to endure. Unfortunately, this is the reality for far too many Hoosier families, like Becky Savage of Granger, Indiana, who tragically lost her two sons on the same night to prescription drug overdoses. Our state has been working aggressively to curb the devastating opioid epidemic and provide treatment options for Hoosiers looking to turn their lives around. I will continue to advocate for the tools needed to win this fight.

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cechk What I’ve Done:


  • I secured six bills in the 2018 bipartisan opioid package that was signed into law. My bills help to better understand and treat opioid addiction in order to save lives in Indiana and across America.

  • To support families like Becky’s, I helped pass into law legislation to fight back against the opioid epidemic through increased research under the Advancing Cutting-Edge (ACE) Research Act (S.2406).

  • After a South Bend doctor was killed after refusing to prescribe an opioid, I passed a law that aims to reduce overprescribing of opioids by examining ways to expand the use of non-opioid alternatives in Medicare.

  • I passed a law that would offer doctors better information about the risks of addiction and encourage them to communicate that information with their patients under the Opioid Addiction Risk Transparency Act (S.1049).

  • fought to prevent and respond to infections commonly associated with injection drug use, including viral hepatitis and HIV, with the Eliminating Opioid-Related Infectious Diseases Act of 2018.

  • helped to bring non-opioid or non-addictive pain medications and treatments to patients more quickly with the Providing Clarity in the Development of Pain Treatments Act (S. 2665).

  • fought to clarify the Accelerated Approval Process at FDA to bring novel, non-addictive drugs and treatments to market more quickly with the Advancing Innovation in Alternative Pain and Addiction Therapies Act (S.2669).

  • passed a law to incorporate job training into drug addiction recovery programs under the Jobs Plus Recovery Act.

Latest Legislation

Bill # Bill Description Updated
S.3649 Cosponsored —  First Step Act
S.3356 Cosponsored —  A bill to require the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service to submit to Congress a report on the health effects of new pyschoactive substances (including synthetic drugs) use.
S.3008 Sponsored —  A bill to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study and submit to Congress a report containing recommendation on how to improve the use of non-opioid treatments for acute and chronic pain management for individuals entitled to benefits under part A or enrolled under part B of the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
S.2669 Cosponsored —  A bill to provide for accelerated approval of pain and addiction therapies.
S.2665 Sponsored —  A bill to require guidance on how the Food and Drug Administration will consider claims of opioid sparing and on the conditions under which the Food and Drug Administration will consider misuse and abuse of drugs in making certain determinations of safety.
S.2642 Cosponsored —  A bill to require the Secretary of Labor, in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to establish a pilot program for Jobs Plus Recovery programs, and for other purposes.
S.2579 Sponsored —  A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize and expand a program of surveillance and education, carried out by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, regarding infections associated with injection drug use.
S.2543 Cosponsored —  A bill to amend part B of title IV of the Social Security Act to provide grants to develop and enhance, or to evaluate, kinship navigator programs, and for other purposes.
S.2406 Cosponsored —  ACE Research Act
S.1049 Cosponsored —  Opioid Addiction Risk Transparency Act

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