The opioid epidemic has hit Ohio hard. I’m working tirelessly with law enforcement officials, doctors, community stakeholders, and others to find commonsense solutions that include prevention, treatment, sober housing, and other supportive services. With so much at stake for our future generations, we need to focus on issues such as treatment options that are evidence-based and backed by research, and decreasing access to these powerful drugs.
While there isn’t an easy solution, there are steps we can take to reduce the impact of this crisis. I’ve led several pieces of legislation to do just this. I was the lead cosponsor for the Protecting Our Infants Act, a bill that requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop best practices in treating newborns going through withdrawal due to the addiction of their mothers. Furthermore, I lead the passage of the Reducing Unused Medications Act, a bill that would allow for the partial fill of opioid prescriptions. This was an important step in limiting the supply of unused prescription medications in our homes and our communities.
The opioid epidemic is plaguing our nation and communities — and it’s time to fight back. Add your name below to take a stand against the opioid crisis and support policies that will reduce its impact.