WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) met with recovering drug addicts at Racing for Recovery in Holland, Ohio today, and issued the following statement after his visit:

“Every community in Ohio, including Holland, is feeling the effects of the heroin and prescription drug epidemic. It was moving for me to get the opportunity to meet with patients in recovery and hear their stories, and how Racing for Recovery has helped them.  I discussed our work to help make progress in the fight against heroin addiction.  Whether it is the new grant programs from my Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act that are already underway, $1 billion in new funding I helped secure for this cause, or the new bipartisan STOP Act I recently introduced, we’re taking positive steps to help those on the frontlines of this epidemic, as well as those suffering from addiction.  I am more committed than ever to working with our partners in the state to fight this disease.”

Portman has toured the state meeting with those in recovery and those on the front lines dealing with the heroin and prescription epidemic, including in Toledo last year where he launched a safe medication disposal kiosk program at a local Walgreens. 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.