Portman participates in opioid roundtable

Published 6:29 am Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Opioid funding Secured by Portman through CARA Law

ROOTSTOWN — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, participated in an opioid roundtable discussion hosted by Hope Village Recovery Center with the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County on Thursday.

Following the roundtable, Portman toured the Recovery Center. As a result of Portman’s bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA), which provides additional resources for prevention, treatment and recovery programs that have proven to work, the MHRB of Portage County was awarded a $534,750 grant through the Ohio State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

These funds will be used over a three-year period to expand medication-assisted treatment access and retention through use of peer support specialists in outpatient and residential settings and to enhance the ability to provide integrated care.

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“It was great meeting with Hope Village Recovery Center leadership, MHRB members, and community leaders today to discuss how the opioid epidemic is impacting the community of Rootstown,” Portman in a news release. “ The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County is making terrific use of the funding they received through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, a bill I authored that became law in 2016.

Their comprehensive approach to addressing addiction and its grip on our communities is exactly what is needed to help turn the tide of the opioid epidemic in Ohio. I’m working to do more at the federal level to help our communities combat this crisis.”

Recently, Portman introduced the bipartisan CARA 2.0 Act, which he says will build on the success of CARA, provide additional resources to help turn the tide of addiction, and put in place policy reforms that will strengthen the federal government’s response to this crisis.

He 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. The bill recently passed the House of Representatives and is expected to be considered by the Senate in the coming weeks.