Portman Meets with Columbus Fire Dept. RREACT Team on Opioid Overdoses, Participates in Ride-Along as Part of His Three-Day ‘Results Tour’

The Three-Day Tour Will Cover 11 Counties, More Than 630 Miles Highlighting Accomplishments that are Making a Difference for Ohio Workers, Families, and Communities

August 28, 2019 | Press Releases

CINCINNATI, OH – Today, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) met with Columbus Fire Department’s Rapid Response Emergency Addiction and Crisis Team (RREACT). Following the visit, he participated in a ride-along to see firsthand how RREACT responds to overdose situations. 

With the help of a $799,105 grant in Fiscal Year 2018 from Senator Portman’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), the Columbus Division of Fire has been able to increase the social work and family interaction component of its Rapid Response Emergency Addiction and Crisis Team (RREACT), a service that offers immediate substance use disorder treatment services to a person who experiences a life-threatening overdose. 

“I had a productive meeting today with first responders and members of the Columbus Fire Department’s Rapid Response Emergency Addiction and Crisis Team on how the opioid epidemic is impacting communities in Franklin County,” said Portman. “During the ride-along, I had the opportunity to see firsthand how the Columbus Fire Department is using the CARA grant money it was awarded, and I saw how these additional resources are helping to save lives. This is a wonderful example of how community leaders are working together to find innovative solutions to address this crisis in meaningful ways. I will continue to work with local communities 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 opioid epidemic.  His CARA law authorized an additional $181 million annually in discretionary spending for new programs to support evidenced-based prevention, treatment and recovery programs.  Over the last three years, Ohio has received roughly $32 million from Portman’s CARA legislation.  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.  

Traveling more than 630 miles across Ohio over three days, Portman will see firsthand how his efforts at the federal level are helping Ohio workers, farmers, small businesses, and communities.  He will participate in events highlighting how tax reform is helping our economy and how federal funding he helped secure to fight the drug epidemic is being used to save lives. Portman will also visit Ohio military installations to see how funding he helped secure is creating jobs and strengthening our national defense. In addition, he will tour the Transportation Research Center, a world-class testing facility he helped ensure can compete on a level playing field for federal funding for autonomous vehicle research.  Finally, he will visit with farmers in Northwest Ohio to highlight his efforts to help address recent flooding as well as to see how Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding he fought to preserve is being used to improve and preserve the health of Lake Erie.  

 Photos from the event are below: