Sen. Grassley played a key role in the passage of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) signed into law by President Barack Obama in July. From his position as Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to finalizing CARA (with the House Opioid Package) as a member of the CARA conference committee, he encouraged passage and appropriate funding to comprehensively address addiction.
CARA, which took more than three years to develop, is a comprehensive approach to addiction that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, overdose reversal, law enforcement and criminal justice reform.
We agree that we need appropriate funding in order to combat this epidemic. This summer, congressional appropriations committees not only matched or increased funding for existing addiction programs for fiscal year 2017, but also included $500 million in additional funding for CARA as part of a “comprehensive opioid response.”