COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, the Portman for Senate Campaign released “Holly,” a new 60-second TV ad that begins airing statewide tomorrow. Beginning Friday, the campaign will spend $1.1 million broadcasting this ad across Ohio for the next two weeks.
“Holly” features Tonda DaRe from Carrollton, Ohio whose daughter Holly tragically died at the age of 21 from a heroin overdose on October 12, 2012. Tonda tells her powerful story and highlights Rob Portman’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and his continued fight to combat the prescription drug and heroin epidemic gripping Ohio families like hers.
From Tonda DaRe: “The heroin epidemic is killing our kids and destroying our communities. And the only person that I’ve seen standing up there is Rob. He gives as much time, energy, and love to this as any of us parents who have lost. And that is a rare quality. He truly listens and tries to implement plans that make a difference. CARA is such an important step in what’s happening. I know it will save lives. I am so thankful that we have Rob on our side on this.”
Tonda played an instrumental role in helping the Senate pass Rob’s bipartisan legislation. On January 27, 2016, after an invitation from Rob, Tonda shared her story at a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing.
You may click the video below to watch “Holly.”
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 Portman founded the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati (The Herald-Tribune, 5/25/16).
Rob Portman 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 Portman 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 Portman 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. The Senate passed his bipartisan measure by a vote of 94-1 on March 10th. He and other members of the House and Senate are working to reach an agreement on a final measure in the coming weeks (WKBN, 1/27/16; Columbus Dispatch, 3/10/16).
"Portman has been fighting for the passage of CARA relentlessly" (Logan Daily News, 3/11/16).
Earlier this month, the Portman for Senate Campaign launched three television ads related to the prescription drug and heroin epidemic. You may click the videos below to watch “Wildfire," "Tyler," and "Gina."
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 an 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 drug-free communities support (H.R. 2673, Roll Call 676, 12/8/03, Strickland voted no).