COLUMBUS, OH – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) co-hosted a workshop at Columbus State Community College today designed to help local communities secure additional resources to tackle the heroin and prescription drug epidemic. Portman brought together officials from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction and other public agencies to provide a comprehensive overview of how Ohioans can get access to new federal resources to combat the epidemic.

“The solution to this epidemic of drug addiction is not going to come from Washington; it’s going to come from our local communities. But with CARA now the law of the land, the federal government is going to be a better partner with states and local communities in this fight,” Senator Portman said. “In just the past year, we’ve worked to secure more than $1 billion in new investments in states, local governments, and non-profit organizations to try to turn the tide. I’m going to be a strong advocate for Ohio to receive this funding and do everything I can to assist in the grant application process for those who are helping some of the most vulnerable among us.”

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 fight 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).

With two events already this week, 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.

Following are photos of today’s event: