A bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators have introduced S. 2839 that is widely supported by the recovery community, including the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (NCADD).
Passage of this proposal in its current form would authorize the Attorney General to award grants to address the national epidemics of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use.
According to NCADD, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) would do the following:
- Expand prevention and educational efforts—particularly aimed at teens, parents and other caretakers, and aging populations—to prevent the abuse of opioids and heroin and to promote treatment and recovery.
- Expand the availability of naloxone to law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help in the reversal of overdoses to save lives.
- Expand resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from addiction disorders promptly by collaborating with criminal justice stakeholders and by providing evidence-based treatment.
- Expand disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications to keep them out of the hands of our children and adolescents.
- Launch an evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and interventions program. While we have services and medications that can help treat addiction, there is a critical need to get the training and resources necessary to expand use of evidence-based treatment services and medications to assist in treatment and recovery throughout the country.
- Strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs to help states monitor and track prescription drug diversion and to help at-risk individuals access services.
Seven United States Senators have co-sponsored S. 2839, including California’s Senator Diane Feinstein. For the complete list, click here. The bill is pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee. NCADD-Sacramento will keep track of the bill and will report back on its progress.