Portman to Listen on Pike County Opioid Epidemic

(Cincinnati) -- U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s staff (R-OH) will hold a Grant Funding Workshop for Pike County in Waverly on Monday, November 27, to help fight the opioid epidemic. 

During this time, constituents will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns with a district representative who will provide their feedback to the senator. 

Staff will also provide an overview of Senator Portman’s legislative efforts to address the problem and help local communities secure additional resources to tackle the heroin and prescription drug epidemic.

When: 4:00 PM - 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 27, 2017.  The Workshop will take place during the Pike County Drug Abuse Prevention & Reentry Coalition Meeting in Waverly.

Where: Pike County Senior Citizens Center, 402 Clough Street, Waverly, OH 45690

No appointments are necessary, but registration is encouraged to reserve a seat.  Please register with Dhruv_Shah@portman.senate.gov.  For further information, call Senator Portman’s District Representative, Todd Shelton at 740-238-8337.

Portman says he has been a leader in the fight for more funding to combat this crisis.  Portman worked to secure $1 billion in new funding for state grants to right opioid abuse in the recently signed-into-law CURES Act and $181 million annually in discretionary spending for new programs through his recently signed-into-law and bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA).

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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