Why Is The Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act So Important?

HUFFINGTON POST (09/29) – …One bill in particular takes the comprehensive approach we need in combatting the opioid epidemic. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (CARA), introduced in the Senate by Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) and representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) in the House, authorizes $80 million in new programs for prevention, treatment, recovery and criminal justice reform. These common sense ideas include: Expanded access to naloxone; Encouraging prescriber education on addiction and managing chronic pain; Expanding prevention and treatment strategies in states to specifically focus on preventing and treating addiction while promoting sustained recovery from addiction; and Increasing educational and transitional programs for incarcerated individuals and those in recovery. All of these, taken together, are important components in this sweeping legislation. Read more

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