CARA is a monumental step forward to better addressing addiction in our country. It finally moves us closer to treating addiction like a disease through evidence-based practices such as medication assisted and individualized treatment. It supports community-based prevention efforts and long-term, robust recovery support. It expands access to naloxone so that we can reverse overdoses and save lives. It helps educate prescribers. It helps law enforcement divert individuals who are struggling with a substance use disorder so that they can be treated in their communities instead of haphazardly through the criminal justice system. It authorizes $181 million each year in new funding to fight this epidemic.
CARA is the product of bipartisan legislation at its finest---three years of collaboration between voices across the spectrum of this issue: families, first responders, doctors, law enforcement, scientists, and policymakers across the nation who have contributed to a piece of truly comprehensive legislation that propels our nation forward.