DAYTON, OH – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program awarded Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) grants totaling more than $1.4 million to help prevent and treat opioid addiction in Montgomery County:   

“These CARA grants will help those on the frontlines in Montgomery County to combat this crisis as we work together to help turn the tide of addiction. We need more partnerships between the federal government, state and local health officials, prevention experts, treatment providers, and law enforcement to work together to address this epidemic, and I’m pleased that my CARA legislation is making a difference. I’m grateful for the progress that we have made and will continue to make, and I will continue to fight for more resources to combat this epidemic. Recently, Congress passed by my bipartisan STOP Act, legislation to help stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl from being shipped into our communities, and lifted the cap on Medicaid funding for residential treatment facilities through my bipartisan Improving CARE Act. These measures will soon be signed into law next week.” 

NOTE: The City of Dayton was awarded a $494,638 CARA grant that will support the development of partnerships between first responders and treatment providers who respond to overdoses as a team. Montgomery County Public Health was awarded a $1 million CARA grant that will help local and state agencies leverage information from a variety data sources to analyze substance abuse issues and identify potential solutions from public health, treatment, and public safety perspectives. Senator Portman’s bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) law 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. 

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, securing $1 billion in new funding for state grants to fight opioid abuse in the bipartisan 21st Century CURES Act, the Senate passing 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.