WASHINGTON D.C. (WLFI) — Hoosier Congressman Todd Rokita is leading a joint subcommittee on the ongoing opioid crisis.
He led the conversation on Capitol Hill this morning. He's stressing the importance of keeping the opioid crisis from continuing to get out of hand.
Rokita highlighted a recent Indiana Department of Health study that found about one in five infants assessed at Indiana hospitals tested positive for opiates.
Rokita says overcoming the crisis starts with educating young people. He is listening to school districts to learn what resources they need, in order to address the crisis.
Congressman Rokita released the following statement ahead of the hearing:
"This opioid crisis is a national health emergency that knows no bounds. It is affecting men, women, children--all ages, all races. Here in Indiana, a recent pilot program from the state Department of Health found that about one in five infants assessed at hospitals around the state tested positive for opiates. This is truly a crisis. We must work together to stop it from worsening and taking the lives of more Hoosiers, and more Americans. I have hosted two summits recently, a women's summit and a [School] Safety summit where this issue has come up. I am pleased to bring those Hoosier thoughts and sentiments from those summits to Washington at this hearing."