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Rep. Susan Brooks Visits New Specialized Pharmacy

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 21, 2016 — Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN05) met with pharmacists working in a new controlled substances pharmacy recently opened in Indianapolis by Cordant Health Solutions™. The Cordant pharmacy dispenses all of the most commonly prescribed drugs for pain and ADHD, as well as other controlled substances and medications that are often prescribed in the treatment of patients with chronic pain, and has significantly more controls in place to reduce the risk for abuse or diversion.

“Americans consume 80 percent of the world’s opioids, but represent just five percent of the global population,” said Brooks. “Over-prescription of opioids and other controlled substances is a problem. In order to solve it, we need to increase awareness about the problem among prescribers and find creative solutions, like this controlled substances pharmacy, to help prescribers better monitor treatment compliance and prevent drug misuse and diversion. I applaud Cordant Health Solutions for their efforts to combat over-prescription while also ensuring that patients receive the medication they legitimately need.”

“Our pharmacy balances and satisfies the community’s need to reduce mortality from prescription drug misuse while helping to care for those with persistent pain who need to take narcotic analgesics,” said Sue Sommer, president and CEO, Cordant Health Solutions.

Rep. Brooks actively supported passage this year of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which authorizes $181 million a year to fight opioid medication misuse.  She received the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Congressional Leadership Award for her work to combat heroin and opioid abuse.

The Indianapolis facility is Cordant’s third controlled-substances pharmacy in the United States.