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Opioid Addiction

Opioid Addiction: The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

On July 13, 2016, the Senate advanced the long-awaited bill to combat opioid addiction in the United States, clearing the way for final passage and President Barack Obama’s signature. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) passed a test vote by a 90-2 margin after it was approved in the House by a 407-5 vote. After passing a final vote in the Senate, President Obama is expected to sign the bill into a law.

Deaths from opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin have reached epidemic proportions in recent years. Prescription drug abuse and heroin use has taken its toll on the United States, straining both law enforcement and addiction treatment programs. 

CARA is a comprehensive approach to expand prevention and education efforts, while also promoting treatment and recovery. CARA represents a shift from previous drug control policy, as it focuses on helping people with drug problems gain access to treatment, rather than focusing on law enforcement measures. Some of the provisions of CARA include:

  • Expand prevention and educational efforts to prevent drug abuse and to promote treatment and recovery
  • Expand the availability of naloxone to law enforcement agencies and other first responders
  • Expand resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals struggling with substance use
  • Increase disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications
  • Strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs
  • Launch a medication assisted treatment and intervention demonstration program

Legislators, health professionals, and families everywhere are hoping that this new bill shortly will become a law, helping the many Americans struggling with an opioid addiction.

Help is Available

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, help is available. Addiction is a chronic, progressive and fatal disease if left untreated. Fortunately, recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is possible. Reach out to Addiction Intervention Now today at (800) 208-8680. We can help you or your loved one recover from addiction and lead a happy, health life in recovery.