Portman honored for work to combat addiction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) received the James E. Burke award from The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for his work to combat addiction. Portman, who is the author of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA), which was signed into law by President Obama in July, has led the national effort to combat the drug epidemic that is devastating communities across Ohio and our country.

His work has been praised by Ohio anti-drug advocates as well as editorial boards around the country. This year alone, Senator Portman has delivered 29 speeches on the Senate floor as part of his tireless effort to raise awareness about the heroin and prescription drug epidemic, and pass CARA. Upon receiving the award, Portman released the following statement:

According to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the James Burke Award is given annually to someone who “has a strong character and is respected as a leader by their peers and colleagues. Their enthusiastic spirit serves as a constant motivation to those around them, encouraging others to accomplish great things. He or she stands as an example of dedication and devotion in all that they do. The recipient is committed to improving the lives of young people, and works tirelessly to make sure that every child can grow up to live a happy and healthy life. Quite simply, they make the world a better place.”

Upon receiving the award, Portman released the following statement:

“Jim Burke was a friend of mine, and he gave me good advice when I authored the Drug-Free Media Campaign Act, which President Bill Clinton signed into law and which supported using the power of advertising to get kids to stay away from drugs,” Portman said. “It is an honor to receive this award. I want to thank the Partnership especially for their continued support of my efforts to prevent drug addiction—from the Drug-Free Communities Act to the Drug-Free Workplace Act in the 1990s to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA, which became law this summer. Addiction is still taking a heavy toll on our communities—probably worse than ever—so we’ve got to continue working together on this issue that has become a crisis in Ohio and across the country.”