Parma, Ohio — On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 10 a.m. Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH) will facilitate his second Opioid Action Panel at his Parma district office located at 7335 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio 44129.
The discussion during the event will focus on finding solutions to the issues facing Ohioans associated with the opioid epidemic, following the recent passage of the Congressional opioid bill package. Topics also touched upon will be the proposed constitutional amendment, Issue 1, focused on prison reform regarding opioid-related offenses.
“I oppose Issue 1 because Ohio is already ‘Ground Zero’ for the opioid epidemic, which is why we don't need a constitutional amendment to make it even harder to combat it. I agree that our drug laws need to be updated so we focus on treatment rather than incarceration, but Issue 1 is not the answer. By drastically decreasing criminal penalties, we are tying the hands of law enforcement as they fight this rampant epidemic,” said Renacci. “What I have learned from talking with those people directly impacted by this epidemic is that we need to crack down on drug traffickers. The biggest problem we are facing is fentanyl. It's so deadly, fentanyl the size of a grain of salt can be enough to kill you. If Issue 1 passes, a person can have enough fentanyl to kill 10,000 people and only be charged with a misdemeanor. That will only make things worse and would make Ohio a safe haven for drug traffickers.”
The panel will feature members from organizations that provide support, education, and treatment resources to those affected by the opioid epidemic.
Panelists for the event include:
- Pamela Gill, President and CEO of Recovery Resources
- Greg McNeil, Founder and President of Cover2 Resources
- Keith Hochadel, President and CEO of CommQuest
The event is now open for registration. To attend the event, please register online here.
For more information please contact Congressman Renacci's district office at (330) 334-0040.