The House passed the CARA Bill in a 407-5 Vote on Friday, July 8th. This is big news in the battle to end the opioid addiction in America. In a nearly unanimous decision, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act bill was passed by the House of Representatives. The Bill is expected to move quickly through Congress and onto the desk of President Obama by early next week. This is great news for those who have been effected by the opioid addiction and heroin addiction in America. Family members and friends who have seen loved ones struggle or die due to drug addiction could have more resources on their side to get heroin addiction treatment or opioid addiction treatment they need. The CARA bill was originally stalled in its passing due to numerous Democrats believing that there was not enough money allocated to treatment services in the proposed Bill. While debates about funding remain a top concern, any investment in heroin addiction treatment or opioid addiction treatment is a step in the right direction. President Obama proposed $1.1 billion in funding to fight the opioid and heroin epidemic earlier this year.
The lack of services and funding to fight the heroin epidemic and opioid addiction epidemic in America has resulting in 130 people dying every day. Many addiction professionals and recovery advocates have urged Congress to take action on this crisis. CARA is designed to ensure that federal resources are focused on prevention, treatment, and recovery programs that have been tested and proven effective. The CARA Bill includes the following.
Expanding alcohol and drug prevention and education
Increasing collaboration with law enforcement and criminal justice systems
Creating more disposal and turn-in sites for unwanted prescription medications
Increasing availability of treatment including evidence-based and medication-assisted programs
Creating prescription drug monitoring programs to help at-risk individuals access critical services
The Bill also plans to expand the availability of Naloxone. Sold under the brand name Narcan, Naloxone is a medication used to block the effects of opioids. The anti-overdose medication may be given intravenously to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The medication also comes in the form of a nasal spray. The effects of naloxone last about half an hour to an hour. Multiple doses of the drug may be required, as the duration of action of most opioids is greater than that of naloxone.
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