On Fox News’ Special Report, Portman Discusses Need to Address America’s Addiction Epidemic
Last night, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) joined Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier to talk about the ongoing addiction epidemic that continues to sweep the nation, caused in large part by illicitly manufactured fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, much of which is coming into the United States from across the border. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data show that there were 107,622 drug overdose deaths that occurred in the U.S. last year, the largest number ever recorded in a calendar year. Fentanyl is behind a majority of the deaths. Portman discussed what needs to be done to get the crisis under control, including tightening border security, strengthening prevention, treatment and recovery services, and educating the public about the dangers of these drugs.
A transcript of his remarks can be found below and a video can be found here.