Today 100 organizations working on addiction issues sent a letter to Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Harry Reid (D-NV) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), urging that they agree to requests that funding for the implementation of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) in the Continuing Resolution.
Below is a statement from Jessica Nickel, Executive Director of Addiction Policy Forum, the organization that coordinated the letter:
"As the Senate finalizes the Continuing Resolution (CR) to provide a stopgap for the next 10 weeks, we urge them to include funding for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Even modest seed funding provided in the CR will help stand up programs in multiple agencies so they can be funded and we can bring critical resources to communities once the omnibus is passed. Each day we lose 129 people to drug overdoses and bridging resources through the CR bill will help families and communities that are struggling nationwide. Our coalition supports any increase in funding today to address this national crisis, and we appreciate the continued commitment by both chambers of Congress to appropriate full funding in the Omnibus later this year."
Read the letter here.