In North Canton, Portman Delivers Keynote Remarks at the Mental Health & Addiction: Breaking the Stigma Symposium

Portman Highlights His Bipartisan Legislative Efforts to Help Combat the Addiction Crisis

November 8, 2019

NORTH CANTON, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered the keynote address at the Mental Health & Addiction: Breaking the Stigma Symposium hosted at Walsh University. The day-long event featured stakeholders from across Northeast Ohio and the country to discuss the response and efforts on the ground in communities across the country to the growing crisis of addiction, mental health, and psychiatric needs. 

“I enjoyed participating in this year’s Breaking the Stigma Symposium, discussing my work at the federal level to ensure that state and local organizations have the resources they need via my bipartisan CARA and CURES grants. Our communities are in crisis right now as more and more Ohioans of every age suffer from addiction. I’m proud of the work that our community leaders are doing here in Canton and around the state to help turn the tide on this addiction crisis,” said Portman. “I will continue to work with local communities and organizations across Ohio to help ensure they have the support and funding they need to continue their good work.”   

Senator Portman has led efforts in the U.S. Senate to provide more resources to combat the nation’s drug addiction epidemic. Portman is the author of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) that became law in 2016 and provides resources for evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs to help people overcome their addiction. The most recent bipartisan funding agreement actually funded these CARA programs at $647 million, much higher than the authorized amount. Portman’s CARA 2.0 Act would increase these authorization levels further.  

In addition, Portman worked to secure $1 billion in new funding for state grants to fight opioid abuse in the 21st Century CURES Act. He’s also fought for more overall funding to fight addiction, and helped secure more than $4 billion in new funding over the last few years between CARA, CURES and other programs. Lastly, Portman recently introduced new legislation – the Combating Meth & Cocaine Act – to give states more flexibility to use federal funding to address the resurgence of meth and cocaine. He also introduced the FIGHT Fentanyl Act to permanently list fentanyl as a Schedule I drug. 

Photos from the event are below: