Portman Partners with Stop Opioid Silence Campaign to Urge Ohioans to Discuss Opioid Addiction During Holiday Season 

November 25, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) unveiled a new public service announcement (PSA) in partnership with Facebook and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids + Center on Addiction’s Stop Opioid Silence PSA campaign. The Stop Opioid Silence PSA campaign connects people to information and resources via a “Get Help” messenger function on Facebook while offering a safe forum to share their stories about addiction and recovery. 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. 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-related substances as criminally scheduled drugs.

“I am proud to work with Facebook and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids + Center on Addiction to help raise awareness about the drug epidemic in our country,” said Portman. “We must do more to break the stigma of addiction and give families and communities the tools they need to help turn the tide of this epidemic. Our communities are in crisis right now as more and more Ohioans of every age suffer from addiction. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to make sure those on the ground, our community leaders, first responders, and family members, have the support and funding they need to continue their work to fight this epidemic.”   

“The holiday season can be particularly emotional and lonely for individuals and families struggling with addiction.  By sharing the stories of people impacted by opioids, we not only raise awareness of the magnitude of this crisis but we also help to shatter the silence that surrounds this disease and prevents so many from getting the help that they need for themselves or a loved one,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, Executive Vice President of External and Government Relations at Center on Addiction. “We are proud to be working with Facebook as well as Senator Portman to reduce stigma and shame and connect Ohio residents to resources and support." 

Kevin Martin, Vice President for Public Policy at Facebook stated, “Facebook is proud to be working on such an important campaign with bipartisan Congressional support including Senators Portman and Brown and Congressmen Johnson, Davidson, Balderson, and Joyce reflect the best of what a community can do. By using the Facebook platform to bolster the Stop Opioid Silence campaign, Partnership for Drug Free Kids is able to reach so many more people affected by this epidemic.”