The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) passed by the House and Senate on July 13, 2016. It passed by a vote of 94-1, almost unanimous. CARA went before the president for review and passed.
What is the CARA Act?
The CARA Act is an expansive, bi-partisan legislation aimed at supporting addiction recovery services.
History of CARA Act
CARA Act was reintroduced on February 12, 2015 by Sheldon Whitehouse, a Junior Democratic Senator from Rhode Island and Rob Portman a Republican Senator from Ohio. The bill was introduced on the S. 2839 (113th) from the earlier session of Congress in 2014 and was not passed. The CARA Act is the culmination of three years of work towards solving the addiction epidemic in the United States and it has 92 co-sponsors in the House.
Why is the CARA Act Important?
With the epidemic of drug-related deaths in the United States, legislation is needed to educate people on the dangers of illicit substance abuse. CARA gives the following benefits:
- Divides $80 million in funding between prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
- Focuses on supporting evidence-based treatment and interventions for opioid abuse.
- Will increase support for prescription drug monitoring to track and stop drug diversion. This program helps at-risk individuals get help at the onset of addiction symptoms.
- Expand education of at-risk populations and promote addiction recovery treatment. Education will focus on teens and tweens, parents and caretakers, and the aging population.
- Increase treatment options for high school and college students.
- Increase community-based recovery services.
- Gives Naloxone to First Responders. Naloxone is a drug that reverses the effects of overdose, saving lives.
Increase resources used to find and treat addicts who are in jail systems across America.
Was the CARA Act Be Passed into Law?
Yes, President Obama passed the law into effect. Find out more here.
Northlake Recovery is Monitoring the CARA Act
If you have questions about how the CARA act can help you, Contact Northlake Recovery at (561)-770-6616 to speak with an addiction specialist now.