Brown is seeking re-election to his third term at a time when opioid addiction in Ohio is a major political issue. U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, and Mike Gibbons, a Cleveland business man, are competing for the GOP nomination to face Brown.
Brittany Martinez, a Renacci spokeswoman, assailed the speech, saying “Brown has been ineffective in trying to find a solution to combat our nation’s devastating opioid crisis since he was sworn into Congress in the 1990s. On the contrary, Jim Renacci has made tackling this epidemic a priority during his short time in Congress,” she said.
Chris Schrimpf, a Gibbons spokesman, charged that Brown “has been in office for 40 years — including many years as this crisis worsened. It’s telling that he only developed this plan when it is time to face the voters again.”
In his address, Brown said there should be an examination of the types of painkillers that are being prescribed.
“Nobody is saying we should go back to the days when we ignored pain, but we need to have strategies to manage pain that take addiction into account,” he said.