U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) visited Marion to meet with Ohioans struggling with opiate addiction.
Portman met with residents of Jody’s House, a residential house for women recovering from addiction, to hear their stories and discuss his legislation to combat the heroin epidemic.
Portman has spent his time in Congress working to fight drug abuse. He is the author of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015, legislation designed to provide new resources and incentives to address addiction and promote recovery.
It uses evidence-based tested methods to expand treatment while increasing educational efforts aimed at teens, parents and other caretakers with the goal of stopping drug abuse before it starts.
He is also the author of the Stopping Medication Abuse and Protecting Seniors Act which will prevent inappropriate access to opioids and improve patient care for at-risk beneficiaries.
Portman also wrote the Drug- Free Communities Act which was signed into law and has provided millions of dollars of support to hundreds of community anti-drug coalitions round the country.