WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the city of Portsmouth will receive $250,000 after being named one of the 10 Rural Health Opioid Program Awardees in the United States by the Heath Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Portman advocated for Portsmouth to receive this funding to help fight back the opioid epidemic in this letter. Portman released the following statement:

“Ohio has been hit hard by the drug epidemic, and communities like Portsmouth need additional resources to help fight back. This funding will help Portsmouth give those on the frontlines the resources they need to treat those who are addicted. As we focus on best practices and provide more resources to address this issue, Ohioans will have better access to addiction treatment and long-term treatment and recovery programs that work.”

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 recently signed-into-law CURES Act and $181 million annually in discretionary spending for new programs through his recently signed-into-law and bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA).

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.

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