Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced that he has invited Tonda DaRe from Carrollton, Ohio to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow about the heroin epidemic in Ohio.
DaRe is the founder of Holly’s Song of Hope, which seeks to help Ohioans struggling with addiction. She founded Holly’s Song of Hope in June 2015 after losing her 21 year-old daughter Holly to addiction. DaRe will testify before the Judiciary Committee tomorrow to share Holly’s story and work to break the stigma of addiction.
“Tonda has turned personal tragedy into a mission to save others and I’m honored to have her join us,” Portman stated. “I believe the heroin epidemic in Ohio has reached crisis levels and Tonda will provide valuable information about what more can be done to help people turn their lives around.”
“I look forward to testifying before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and sharing my personal experience about losing my daughter Holly to a heroin overdose,” said DaRe. “We need to work together to break the stigma attached to addiction and encourage people to seek treatment and commit to recovery. This is why I started Holly’s Song of Hope. I hope the hearing will bring more attention to this issue and encourage a more comprehensive response to the overdose epidemic.”
Portman has spent his time in Congress working to fight drug abuse. He is the author of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015, legislation designed to provide new resources and incentives to address addiction in several ways. It uses evidence-based tested methods to expand treatment while increasing educational efforts aimed at teens, parents and other caretakers with the goal of stopping drug abuse before it starts. He is also the author of the Stopping Medication Abuse and Protecting Seniors Act which will prevent inappropriate access to opioids and improve patient care for at-risk beneficiaries. Portman also wrote the Drug- Free Communities Act which was signed into law and has provided millions of dollars of support to hundreds of community anti-drug coalitions round the country.