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New TV Ad Highlights Passage of CARA

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Today, the Portman for Senate Campaign released a new TV ad, “Solutions,” detailing Rob’s victory in the fight to combat the prescription drug and heroin epidemic wreaking havoc in communities across Ohio. Specifically, the ad highlights Rob’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which just passed the Senate on Wednesday evening by an overwhelming vote of 92-2 and is now headed to the President's desk to be signed into law. The ad features news clips and interviews from Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Rob's bill expands education and prevention efforts, helps law enforcement reverse overdoses to save lives, and expands treatment and recovery programs. It also lays the groundwork for $181 million in new spending to fight the opioid epidemic.

Rob said yesterday CARA is “historic,” and will “help save lives and allow people to achieve their purpose in life.” It is also important to note "no Democratic senator opposed the bill,” which “dramatically changes the trajectory of the addiction crisis.” 

"Solutions" will begin airing statewide tonight as part of a six-figure statewide TV ad buy. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch our new TV ad, “Solutions.”

Solutions
“Portman anti drug bill passes Senate” (Columbus Dispatch, 7/13/16)
“A rare bipartisan agreement” (The Wall Street Journal, 7/13/16)
“Dramatically changes the trajectory of the addiction crisis” (Cincinnati Enquirer, 7/13/16)


In case you missed it, 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.”

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.”

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.

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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