CARA Update and Call to Action
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.
We need your voice to ensure a strong vote and get this to the President's desk before recess. Support the CARA Conference Report and contact your Members of Congress by email, phone, and Twitter TODAY.
At a time when our country is grappling with a crippling opioid epidemic, we need comprehensive solutions. CARA is exactly that, incorporating prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, criminal justice reform, and overdose reversal and representing the culmination of years of stakeholder input from individuals across the field of addiction.
CARA recognizes the vital importance of prevention and provides critical enhancement grants to current and former Drug-Free Communities grantees to combat prescription drug and methamphetamine abuse in their communities. This comprehensive bill lays the groundwork to turn the tide on the opioid epidemic, which is killing 129 people a day.
The time to get CARA to the President’s desk has never been more crucial.
In addition to movement on CARA, this week, the House Appropriations Committee released its 2017 spending bill to fund the Department of Health and Human Services. It would allocate $581 million to the opioid epidemic, an increase of $525 million over the 2016 level. The White House also made a big announcement about the change to expand the buprenorphine cap to 275 to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Click here for more information.