Portman Announces $55.8 Million in New Funding for Ohio to Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic

September 4, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $1.8 billion in grants to help states fight the drug epidemic, including $55.8 million for the state of Ohio.  This includes funding HHS through the State Opioid Response Grant (SOR) program, formerly known as the 21st Century CURES Act, which has been used by states to increase access to naloxone and support access to long-term addiction treatment and recovery services.  Portman, who fought to secure this funding in the CURES law and increase its funding as part of the SOR grant program, issued the following statement:

“This is good news for Ohio, and these new funds will help our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic that continues to grip our state.  My visits to treatment and recovery facilities around the state have again highlighted the need for additional resources to support education, treatment and recovery programs that work.  I was proud to help secure opioid funding in the initial CURES law and fight for more resources as part of the SOR grants.  I’m pleased these additional resources are benefiting our state.  This is another positive step forward, but we must do more, and that includes combating the resurgence of meth and cocaine in Ohio.  My new legislation, the Combating Meth & Cocaine Act, will give states like Ohio more flexibility to use SOR grant funding to address the resurgence of meth and cocaine and I’m optimistic that we can get this done.”  

NOTE: Senator Portman has led efforts in the U.S. Senate to provide more resources to combat the nation’s opioid 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 opioid funding, and helped secure more than $4 billion in new opioid funding over the last few years between CARA, CURES and other opioid 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 psychostimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine.