Portman discussed the high-profile passing of Prince in his latest Senate floor speech, saying he’s “hopeful that good can come out of tragedy like Prince’s premature death.”
“It can be that we raise awareness about this epidemic and prevent new addictions from starting,” said the Cincinnati Republican. “Prevention is ultimately going to be the best way to turn the tide.”
Since Prince’s passing, Portman said more people in the United States are taking about the issue.
“Fentanyl is driving more of this epidemic every day,” he said. “As I said, in 2013 there were 84 fentanyl overdose deaths in Ohio. The next year it was 503. This year, sadly, it’s going to be more than that. The new information about the overdose that took Prince’s life has surprised some. After all, Prince had it all — success, fame, talent, fortune.
Paul Wax, executive director of the American College of Medical Toxicology, told the Associated Press that, “This epidemic spares no one. It affects the wealthy, the poor, the prominent, the not prominent.”
Portman said it affects a vast range of people, from those who are homeless to the rich and famous, including Actors Chevy Chase and Jamie Lee Curtis.
“Prevention is ultimately going to be the best way to turn the tide,” he said.