Addiction Legislation Passes Senate and House

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) passed the Senate and the House. The bill contains numerous new policies including:

  • Expansion on which health care professionals may prescribe medications to treat people with addiction
  • Treatment instead of incarceration programs
  • Expanded availability of naloxone to first responders and others in the community
  • Grants for improving and expanding treatment and recovery programs

The bill only provided about half as much money as President Obama requested to help pay for the new programs. Despite this fact, it does go far in a number of areas and it helps in the ongoing efforts to see addiction as a health problem not a crime.

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