LATEST SENATOR BROWN
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – today told the Committee that the opioid epidemic is hurting local economies. In a bipartisan hearing of the Banking Committee to discuss economic growth, Brown said limited opportunities have contributed to growing prescription opioid use and hurt communities already struggling to grow their economies and create jobs.
“Across Ohio I have seen the impact of the uneven economic recovery—in both urban and rural areas. The lack of opportunities in communities has contributed to an increase in prescription opioid overdose, abuse and dependence,” said Brown. “Between now and lunchtime, odds are someone in my state will die of an overdose.”
At the hearing, Brown told the panel about a recent meeting with the chair of a small bank in Gallipolis, Ohio where instead of talking about banking issues, the chairman wanted to talk about the opioid epidemic ravaging his community.
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