The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) passed the US Senate on Thursday, March 10, 2016 with a 94-1 vote. However before CARA will be signed into law, we’ll need your help to pass the House. It is crucial that momentum continue to the House side! Please contact your Members of Congress! Advocate here: Make CARA Count!
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016:
- Funds Recovery Community Organizations to provide recovery support services, conduct public education and outreach, and strengthen the network of community support.
- Builds communities of support for young people in recovery in high schools and higher education through a National Youth Initiative.
- Saves lives by expanding the availability of naloxone to law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help in the reversal of overdoses to save lives.
- Establishs a National Task Force on Recovery and Collateral Consequences to recommend strategies to reduce, and where possible, eliminate the collateral consequences for individuals in recovery who have State or Federal Drug Convictions.
- Expands resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from addiction disorders promptly by collaborating with criminal justice stakeholders and by providing evidence-based treatment.
- Increases disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications to keep them out of the hands of our children and adolescents.
- Launches an evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and intervention program to expand best practices throughout the country.
Only through a comprehensive approach that leverages recovery support, youth and young adult interventions, evidence-based law enforcement and health care services, including treatment, can we stop and reverse current trends.