CADCA’s Chairman and CEO, Gen. Arthur T. Dean, recently served on a panel titled “Preventing and Addressing Opioid Misuse and Abuse: Our Nation’s Challenge” for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The panel was recorded as part of a monthly program called “Road to Recovery.”

The show aired this week on SAMHSA’s website.

Yesterday, the Senate voted overwhelmingly in bi-partisan fashion, 92-2, in favor of passing the conference report on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), S. 524.

This follows the House of Representatives passing the same legislation last week, also by an overwhelmingly bi-partisan vote.

The bill will now go to the President's desk for signature into law.

Experts on the Opioid Epidemic, Marijuana and E-cigarette Trends, and More to Present

As the leading non-profit for the field of substance abuse prevention, CADCA applauds Congress’s efforts to move the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The conferees met and CARA should be on the floor on Friday.

Non-medical use of prescription opioids more than doubled among adults in the United States from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013, based on a study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Nearly 10 million Americans, or 4.1 percent of the adult population, used opioid medications in 2012-2013 a class of drugs that includes OxyContin and Vicodin, without a prescription or not as prescribed (in greater amounts, more often, or longer than prescribed) in the past year. This is up from 1.8 percent of the adult population in 2001-2002.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released the 2016 National Heroin Threat Assessment Summary this week.

Some key facts are:

In March the Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), followed by the House passing the House Opioid Package of bills in May. Now CARA and the House Opioid Package of bills needs to be passed by the Conference Committee in order to be sent to the President's desk for signature.
We are calling on Congress to move the Conference Committee on CARA quickly and send a bill to the President. We also ask that Congress provide the needed funding for a comprehensive response to this epidemic.

More than 200 community advocates gathered at the "Key Influencers Summit: Addressing Milwaukee’s Opioid Epidemic" Wednesday in Milwaukee. The event, hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and CADCA, was an integral component of the DEA’s 360 Strategy, which launched in Milwaukee earlier this year.

Summit is cornerstone of DEA’s 360 Strategy

CADCA's partner The Addiction Policy Forum has launched a petition to urge Congress to quickly conference CARA and