US Senator Calls on Washington to End Opioid Epidemic

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Michaela Madison Reporting

(Friday, February 9th) Ohio – US Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) is urging his colleagues to continue to take action against the national opioid epidemic.

He took to the Senate floor yesterday ahead of the passing vote on the bipartisan budget agreement where he outlined the severity of the problem.

“Ultimately it’s not going to be solved here in Washington, it’s going to be solved in our communities,” said Portman. “I will tell you the degree of damage that this is causing to our communities, to our families, to our budgets locally, to our criminal justice system requires us to make a more aggressive role at the national level.”

The plan that was passed yesterday includes an additional $6 billion for opioid funding over two years that will fund prevention, treatment and recovery programs, and law enforcement efforts in vulnerable communities across the country.

“I’m pleased to see both parties come together and reach an agreement to increase funding for our military and our veterans and make key investments to address this opioid crisis while keeping our government running,” said Portman following the approval.

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