Greene County News
DAYTON — Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) recently hosted a roundtable discussion on the opioid and heroin epidemic in Dayton.
They were joined by Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, first responders, drug addiction and treatment stakeholders as well as other community leaders to discuss ways in which the federal government can better partner with state and local practices to combat the heroin epidemic, which has devastated southwest Ohio.
“The opioid epidemic is a crisis that continues to take a toll on our communities here in Ohio and across the country. I continue to work with those in our community who work to end this epidemic each day to identify ways we can provide them the resources needed to end this fight,” said Turner. “ … Today’s discussion has placed us one step closer to working toward effective solutions that we can implement in our community and help those who battle this addiction every day.”
Congressman Turner has been working with the community to draft legislation to help those who have been affected by the opioid epidemic starting with children born addicted to heroin and working to ensure those who are incarcerated for opioid abuse receive the treatment they need to recover.
“I want to thank Sheriff Plummer, our first responders, and all those on the front lines of this epidemic for your daily fight against this addiction epidemic,” said Senator Portman.
“We’re facing a national crisis, but the battle against this rising tide of addiction won’t be won in Washington; it’ll be won in local communities like Dayton,” Portman said. “But Washington can be a better partner with them and make sure they have the tools and the resources needed to win this battle, and that’s why [the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act] CARA’s comprehensive approach is so important. I recently worked to secure $37 million in new funding to help get CARA’s grant programs up and running as quickly as possible, and I will continue to partner with community leaders in Dayton to make a difference for the hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who’ve been impacted by this disease.”