At Senate Finance Hearing, Portman Discusses Youth Addiction Crisis, Touts Telehealth


WASHINGTON, DC – During a Senate Finance Committee hearing earlier today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) discussed the surge in drug use and overdose deaths, specifically among teens and young adults. Portman pointed out that the proliferation of synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, bears much of the responsibility.  In December, Portman toured the border at Nogales, Arizona, to see firsthand the challenges Customs and Border Protection officials face with increased and more sophisticated efforts to smuggle illegal and deadly drugs such as fentanyl into the United States.