FREMONT, OH – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today hosted a roundtable discussion on heroin addiction with Fremont Mayor Dan Sanchez, three addiction service providers and six patients currently in recovery. This roundtable follows a meeting Portman held this morning at Racing for Recovery where he met with patients in recovery from addiction.

“Out of all the tragic stories I heard today about the drug addiction epidemic and its effects, the most important takeaway from my conversations with those in recovery and those on the front lines of this epidemic is that there is hope. Communities are becoming more and more aware of the devastating effects of this epidemic, and they are fighting back,” said Senator Portman. “I’m proud to work with the mayor and others leading the fight here in Fremont, and to do my part by passing the historic CARA legislation, pushing for and receiving $1 billion in new funding, and just recently, introducing the STOP Act to help stop this new wave of deadly synthetic heroins I hear about all over Ohio. I’ll be taking the stories I heard today in Holland and here in Fremont back to Washington to help me urge my Senate colleagues to join me in taking additional action to combat this heroin and prescription drug epidemic.”

With two more events today, 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 recently signed-into-law and bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA), Senator Portman has helped lead the national effort to combat this epidemic that is devastating communities across Ohio and our country.  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: