WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the bipartisan agreement to fund the government through September fully funds the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act and the CURES Act, and increases opioid funding. Portman released the following statement:

“This is good news for Ohio, and will help our efforts to combat the heroin and prescription drug epidemic gripping our state. Over the last year, I have worked hard to address this crisis by passing my CARA legislation and helping to pass CURES, and I am pleased that we are providing additional resources that will help save lives. In order to reverse the tide of addiction, I will continue to do my part at the federal level to work with the new administration and make the federal government a better partner to those who are on the frontlines of this epidemic and need our help.”

NOTE: Portman has been a leader in the fight for more funding to combat this crisis, and recently sent a letter to the Appropriations Committee asking that CARA be fully funded for the remainder of the fiscal year. Portman also worked to secure $1 billion in new funding for state grants to right opioid abuse in the CURES Act signed last December and $181 million annually in discretionary spending for new programs through his bipartisan CARA signed into law last July.

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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