CARA - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015, S. 524/H.R. 953
Earlier this year, the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA) of 2015 was reintroduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bills are identical and would provide resources and offer incentives to state and local communities to expand drug treatment, prevention and recovery efforts. If enacted, the bill would:
- Expand opioid and heroin prevention and educational efforts, especially those targeting youth, parents and other caretakers, and the elderly, and 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 suffering from addiction disorders through collaboration with criminal justice system and by providing evidence-based treatment.
- Expand disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications.
- Launch an evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and intervention program to expand best practices throughout the country.
- Launch a medication assisted treatment and intervention demonstration program.
- Strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs.
The Senate bill (S. 524) was introduced by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator Robert Portman (R-OH) and has 10 cosponsors; it has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. The House bill (H.R. 953) was introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and has eight cosponsors; it has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
For full text of the bills, please click here.