In Cincinnati, Portman Participates in Roundtable Discussion with Local Leaders on Frontlines of the Opioid Crisis

January 4, 2019 | Press Releases

$550,000 Grant Through Portman’s CARA Law & $3.3 Million in Grants Through CURES is Making a Difference in Southwest Ohio 

CINCINNATI, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in an opioid roundtable discussion with law enforcement, local officials, and members of the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition to highlight local efforts to solve the drug epidemic. In addition, they discussed the $550,000 grant made possible through Portman’s bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act law and $3.3 million in grants made possible by the 21st Century CURES Act – which included opioid funding Portman helped secure.

“I had a productive meeting today with local law enforcement, public officials, and members of the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition to discuss how the opioid epidemic is impacting Hamilton County,” said Portman. “The Coalition and their partners are making terrific use of the funding they received through the CURES and CARA laws. Their approach to addressing addiction and its grip on our communities is exactly what is needed to help turn the tide of the opioid epidemic in Ohio. This problem won’t be solved at the federal level, but I am working to help ensure local groups like the ones I met with today 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 opioid epidemic.  Whether it was authoring the Drug-Free Communities Act to help stand up community-based coalitions to prevent drug abuse during his time in the House of Representatives, enacting signature legislation like his bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) and his Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act to combat the rise of fentanyl, or fighting for additional opioid funding for Ohio, Portman has taken a leadership role in fighting for more effective resources to combat this epidemic. The STOP Act was signed into law by President Trump last year. 

Much of the additional opioid funding that Portman has fought for has begun to provide direct assistance to those on the frontlines in Ohio.  Portman’s CARA law authorized an additional $181 million annually in discretionary spending for new programs to support evidenced-based prevention, treatment and recovery programs.  The most recent bipartisan funding agreement actually funded these CARA programs at $608 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 ActHe’s also fought for more overall opioid funding, and helped secure approximately $3 billion in new opioid funding in the most recent bipartisan funding agreement. 

Photos from the event are below: