Ohio senator to visit mothers’ addiction treatment center

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s Republican senator plans to visit an addiction treatment center that allows children to live with mothers in recovery.

Rob Portman’s tour of the First Step Home in Cincinnati on Monday comes as Congress prepares to work on compromise legislation for dealing with the nation’s opioid abuse crisis. Portman is a chief sponsor of a Senate bill aimed at a range of issues including prevention, treatment and law enforcement help.

The first-term senator is in a heated battle for re-election against Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland.

Ohio Democrats planned a news conference Monday outside the federal courthouse in Columbus to criticize Portman’s opposition to filling the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy during the election year.