Sherrod Brown: Opioid legislation was bipartisan victory

Published 1:09 pm Friday, November 2, 2018

(Letter to the editor)

The (Tribune’s) editorial board is right: The legislative package we passed last month to combat the opioid crisis was a bipartisan accomplishment that will help Ohio communities (“Set the record straight,” 10/31) — but our work is far from over.

The CRIB Act will support the only two facilities in the country that provide specialized treatment for babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome — Lily’s Place in Huntington and Brigid’s Path in Dayton.

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Sen. Rob Portman and I also worked to include a fix for the outdated rule that limits the number of beds in addiction treatment facilities getting Medicaid funding, but that fix only lasts for five years — we must work together on a full fix, and we must work across the aisle to get more resources to the communities that need it most, on the front lines of this health crisis.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio