YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown joined Mahoning Valley addiction treatment providers in Youngtown after President Trump signed a major, bipartisan, comprehensive addiction package into law. The package includes several priorities championed by Brown and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) to help expand access to addiction treatment and help Ohioans continue to tackle the addiction epidemic.
“Of course we have more work to do, but this will make important progress, and it’s a model for how we should move forward,” Brown said. “We listened to local communities and the experts on the ground, we worked together in a bipartisan way with Senator Portman to put their recommendations into action, and we took important steps to expand access to treatment and fight this public health crisis.”
The final package included several provisions secured by Brown and Portman, including:
- Brown’s Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies (CRIB) Act, which will help newborns suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a withdrawal condition often caused by the use of opioids and other addictive substances in pregnant women.
- A provision championed by Brown and Portman to make more treatment beds available to Ohioans struggling with addiction.
- Portman’s Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, which Brown cosponsored. The STOP Act will work together with Brown’s INTERDICT Act, which Portman supported, to stop deadly drugs from reaching Ohio communities.
Brown was joined at today’s press conference at the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board by Executive Director Duane Piccirilli, as well as other local addiction treatment providers.
“On behalf of the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board, I want to thank Senator Brown and Senator Portman for working on this bipartisan legislation. It not only provides support to our most vulnerable victims: the babies struggling with abstinence syndrome, but this comprehensive law addresses several provisions specific to Ohio. Our families and agencies staff are in a perpetual state of grief dealing with this crisis, this legislation will provide us with the tools we need to make a difference,” said Piccirilli.
As part of the final opioid package, Brown also fought for other important wins for Ohio. More information about the provisions Brown secured in the final package can be found HERE.