Donnelly Calls for More Action to Address Opioid Epidemic as Overdose Deaths Rise in Indiana

Indianapolis, Ind. – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly called for more action to address the opioid epidemic as overdose deaths rise in Indiana. The CDC found that 1,840 people died in Indiana as a result of an overdose in 2017, an 18 percent increase compared to 2016 and 37 percent jump over 2015. Donnelly has helped lead the charge in the Senate to combat this public health crisis and highlighted several actions that can be taken to confront this epidemic including:

Donnelly said, “We can all agree that there is more we can do to address the opioid crisis that is tragically claiming the lives of moms and dads, sisters and brothers, and husbands and wives, and our friends and neighbors in communities across Indiana. I’m calling for the Senate to take more action to confront the opioid epidemic, because I believe there is more we can do to help save lives and combat this devastating scourge. It will take all of us working together, and I’m going to continue partnering with anyone willing to advance commonsense efforts.”

Over the last several years, Donnelly has successfully pushed for increased federal resources to combat the opioid epidemic through prevention, treatment, and recovery services: