In Columbus to Highlight the Opioid Epidemic, Portman Visits Ohio Health, Maryhaven Addiction Stabilization Center
Portman Helped Secure Funding in the CURES Law & is the Author of the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act and the STOP Act
COLUMBUS, OH – Today, U.S Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was in Central Ohio where he visited the Ohio Health Grant Medical Center and the Maryhaven Addiction Stabilization Center. At Ohio Health, Portman, who recently introduced the CRIB Act to help newborns born dependent on opioids recover in the best care setting and provide support for their families, saw firsthand how they are working to treat these babies – a tragic and all-too-common occurrence in Ohio. And at Maryhaven, where Portman visited last year, he saw their new addiction stabilization center where they are using funds he helped secure in the 21st Century CURES law to help provide treatment to those in need.
“Our communities are in crisis right now as more and more Ohioans of every age suffer from addiction. The rate of babies born dependent on drugs has increased sevenfold in the last decade, and Ohio’s rate of overdose deaths is nearly double the national average,” said Senator Portman. “Thankfully, we have people like those I met today at Ohio Health and Maryhaven who are working tirelessly and applying innovative ways to combat this crisis. But they need our help. That is why I fought for and helped secure $1 billion in funding in the CURES law and additional grant resources through CARA, and that is why I am continuing to press this issue by urging my colleagues to pass legislation like the STOP Act and CRIB Act to help save lives. Ohio Health, Maryhaven, and addiction treatment services and groups all over the state are doing their part; it is critical that Congress do its part to help those on the frontlines turn the tide of addiction.”
NOTE: Portman has been a leader in the fight for more funding to combat this crisis. Portman worked to secure $1 billion in new funding for state grants to right opioid abuse in the CURES law and $181 million annually in discretionary spending for new programs through his bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) signed-into-law last year.
Portman continues to tour the state meeting with those in recovery and those on the front lines dealing with the heroin and prescription epidemic. As the author of the CARA legislation, Senator Portman has helped lead the national effort to combat this epidemic that is devastating communities across Ohio and our country. The legislation ensures that federal resources are focused on evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs that have proven effective in local communities so that it can make a difference in people’s lives. Portman also recently introduced the bipartisan Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, which is designed to help stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped through our borders to drug traffickers here in the United States.