COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Friday, Rob’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 407-5. CARA will be voted on this week in the U.S. Senate and, once it is passed, would then head to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. Rob’s legislation is an important step in combating the heroin and prescription drug epidemic that is gripping families all across Ohio. CARA tackles the issue head on by expanding education and prevention efforts, helping law enforcement reverse overdoses to save lives, and expanding treatment and recovery programs.
Here is what they had to say:
Lima News: Portman’s opioid measure heads back to Senate
Canton Repository: Putting politics aside in fighting drug abuse
Portsmouth Daily Times: CARA passes the House
Record Herald: Treatment for veterans may expand
Washington Post: Congress set to pass bill to combat opioid abuse
Politico: CARA “heads to the Senate next week with a full head of steam after a 407-5 landslide vote to approve it in the House on Friday”
Ripon Advance: Conference committee reaches agreement on Portman’s opioid epidemic bill, House approves bill
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."
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; Columbus Dispatch, 3/10/16).
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)."