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ICYMI: Rob’s Bipartisan CARA Passes Senate 92-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In case you missed it, last night Rob’s bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) passed the U.S. Senate by an overwhelming vote of 92-2. It’s important to note, as ABC news pointed out, that  “no Democratic senator opposed the bill.” The Senate's passage of CARA is an important step towards tackling the heroin and prescription drug epidemic gripping families across Ohio. Rob's bill expands education and prevention efforts, helps law enforcement reverse overdoses to save lives, and expands treatment and recovery programs.

Earlier this morning, Rob appeared on CNN's New Day to discuss how CARA will help those suffering with addiction. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch.

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Here is what else they had to say:

Cleveland.com: “Yet no other bill in his five-plus years in the Senate has received this level of personal passion from Portman.”

Columbus Dispatch: The bill was the handiwork of Portman, Republican Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Democrats Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

Cincinnati Enquirer: “Supporters of the bill, which passed the Senate 92-to-2 and is expected to be signed by President Obama, said it would dramatically change the trajectory of the addiction crisis that has ravaged the nation...”

Wall Street Journal: “Legislation to fight the nation’s growing painkiller- and heroin-abuse epidemic is headed to the president’s desk following a rare bipartisan agreement…”

Roll Call: “Yet for the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act, they [Rob Portman and Kelly Ayotte] worked closely with Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.” 

New York Times: “The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis, sending to the president’s desk the most sweeping drug legislation in years in a rare instance of consensus in Congress.”

Washington Post: “…the opioids measure passed the Senate by an overwhelming vote of 92 to 2. Last week, the House approved the same legislation on a 407 to 5 vote.”

Last month, the Portman for Senate Campaign launched four television ads related to the prescription drug and heroin epidemic. You may click the videos below to watch “Holly,” “Wildfire," "Tyler," and "Gina."

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The Portman for Senate Campaign also has two web ads running related to the prescription drug and heroin epidemic. You may click "There is Hope" and "Addicted" to watch.

Background:

Tonda DaRe: “FOUR Months, 4 months is all it took for this disease to take my child... Heroin addiction IS a disease. It is a disease that is spreading through our country faster than we can keep up with it. It has no preference of age, gender, race or even social status. It is killing our children, siblings, spouses and parents at a rate of over 100 people per day according to the #WashingtonPost (Feb 2014) (Holly’s Song of Hope ~ Change the Stigma, 6/10/14).

More than 20 years ago, Rob founded the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati. He chaired the coalition for nine years, served on the board, and was even a member of the board when he was elected to the US Senate (The Herald-Tribune, 5/25/16).

Rob is also a former member of the board of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), which is the national membership organization representing over 5,000 coalitions and affiliates working to make America’s communities safe, healthy and drug-free.

Rob authored the Drug Free Communities Act, which became law on June 27, 1997. The legislation provided and continues to provide over a billion dollars in grants to local agencies and non-profits to help prevent drug addiction.

Rob authored the Drug Demand Reduction Act, which passed the House on September 16, 1998. The legislation provided funding for programs to facilitate a significant reduction in the incidence and prevalence of substance abuse through reducing the demand for illegal drugs and the inappropriate use of legal drugs.

Rob co-authored the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which tackles the prescription drug and heroin epidemic head on by expanding education and prevention efforts, helping law enforcement reverse overdoses to save lives, and expanding treatment and recovery programs. Rob began this legislative effort in 2014. (WKBN, 1/27/16).

Rob’s Interstate Drug Monitoring Efficiency and Data Sharing Act of 2012 was signed into law. The bill creates an efficient, cost-effective system for states to share information from prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) across state lines. This information sharing makes it easier to track prescription drug abuse. Rob’s legislation resulted in a national standard for PDMPs to facilitate the exchange of information among doctors, pharmacists and in some instances, authorized law enforcement.

Rob’s Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012, was also signed into law.  The bill adds drugs like synthetic marijuana, and bath salts to the Controlled Substance Act and was considered an important step in making the drugs illegal and cracking down on individuals who produce and distribute them.

"Portman has been fighting for the passage of CARA relentlessly" (Logan Daily News, 3/11/16).

Ted Strickland’s Awful Record on Drug Addiction
When Ted Strickland was Governor, he faced “hordes of angry activists” when he wrote, fought for, and implemented a budget that cut drug addiction services by nearly 30 percent (The Associated Press, 6/24/09).

"In Congress, Ted Strickland voted against legislation that included more than $1 billion in substance abuse and mental health funding. Of the more than $1 billion, $226.35 million was provided to stop drug trafficking, $145 million was provided for Rob’s anti-drug media campaign, over $700 million was provided for anti-drug efforts in South America to stop production of drugs, and $70 million was provided for Rob’s drug-free communities program. (H.R. 2673, Roll Call 676, 12/8/03, Strickland voted no)."

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