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Portman Touts STOP Act At Columbus Addiction Conference

Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman
J. Scott Applewhite
Associated Press

A measure to crackdown on the shipment of opioids from China is moving its way through Congress. That's according to Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman who touts this provision as a key tool in the fight against the drug epidemic.

Hundreds of addiction treatment and recovery professionals looked on at a conference in Columbus as Portman discussed the STOP Act, which requires the postal service to track fentanyl coming into the U.S.

“And begin to stop some of this poison, at the very least, by reducing the supply it’s gonna increase the cost which is one of our big issues right now," Portman said. "This stuff is not only 50 times more powerful than heroin, it is incredibly inexpensive."

The STOP Act is also supported by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

Portman also told the conference that Congress is working on a new wave of funding for addiction and recovery services.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.