CLEVELAND, O.H. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) released the following statement strongly opposing proposed cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP):

“I’ve known and worked with our drug czars for more than 20 years and this agency is critical to our efforts to combat drug abuse in general, and this opioid epidemic, in particular.  This office supports the Drug Free Communities Act, legislation I authored in 1997 which has provided more than $1 billion to community drug coalitions around the country over the last 20 years, as well as the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, which has helped states like Ohio that are ground zero for this problem.  We have a heroin and prescription drug crisis in this country and we should be supporting efforts to reverse this tide, not proposing drastic cuts to those who serve on the front lines of this epidemic."

NOTE: Portman, who is the author of the recently signed-into-law and bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), has helped lead the national effort to combat this epidemic that is devastating communities across Ohio and our country. In fact, just this week, Portman helped secure more funding to help reverse the tide of addiction. He is also currently working to get his bipartisan legislation – the Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act to help stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped through our borders and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Act to stop overprescribing – signed into law.

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