Visit Part of a Broader Effort to Help Combat the Heroin & Prescription Drug Epidemic

CHILLICOTHE, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited the Groups treatment facility in Chillicothe. Groups is a national network of clinics providing affordable, evidence-based outpatient treatment for opiate addiction. Portman toured the treatment center and met with Ohioans currently in recovery to discuss the heroin and prescription drug epidemic.

Ohio is in a crisis, and I appreciate the dedication of the people here at Groups and all over our state who are working on the frontlines to help those in need. Our rate of overdose death is nearly double the national average, and nowhere in Ohio has been harder hit than Chillicothe. Tragically, the drug epidemic is growing even more deadly as synthetic drugs up to 50 times more powerful than heroin such as fentanyl and carfentanil get shipped in through the U.S. mail system from overseas countries like China. That is why I and my bipartisan colleagues introduced the STOP Act, legislation that will make a real difference and help save lives by working to keep these drugs out of our communities,” said Senator Portman. “Towns like Chillicothe are in need of help, and thankfully places like Groups provide hope and help to those in need. But Congress must do its part. I urge the Senate to pass the STOP Act so we can get it to the president’s desk and signed into law.”

Senator Portman is the author of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) that was signed-into-law last year, and he has helped lead the national effort to combat this epidemic that is devastating communities across Ohio and our country. Portman was also instrumental in securing $1 billion in new funding for state grants to fight opioid abuse in the 21st Century Cures initiative. Portman is currently working to get his bipartisan Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, legislation 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, as well as his Prescription Drug Monitoring Act, which would help address the overprescribing of opiates.

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