House Passes Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 2016

Washington, D.C. – Today, July 8th, 2016, the legislative item to authorize the Attorney General and Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to address the national epidemics of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use, and to provide for the establishment of an inter-agency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, and for other purposes (S. 524) passed through the United States House of Representatives. The passage occurred by way of House Resolution 809 with a vote of 407 Yeas, 5 Nays. Twenty-one Representatives did not vote on the Bill.

This piece of Legislation was championed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island), and serves as a re-authorization and amendment of a number of articles to appropriate funds under the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to accomplish the following:

· Adjustments to existing authorizations and programs to provide needed funding to support community-based addiction treatment;

· Expansion of prevention and educational efforts–particularly aimed at teens, aging populations and parents and other caretakers–to prevent the use of heroin and misuse of prescription opioids;

· Promotion of treatment and recovery in general;

· Establishment inter-agency pain management best practices task force;

· Provisions of grant funding for the treatment of pregnant and postpartum women;

· Improvement of first responder training for the administration of opioid overdose reversal;

· Provisions alternatives to incarceration through treatment;

· Enhancement of investigation activities to combat the unlawful distribution of opioids;

· Improvement of prescription drug monitoring programs;

· Development and enhancement of prescription drug take-back activities; and the

· Formulation of comprehensive opioid abuse response plans.

Click HERE for the full summary of the House and Senate versions of the Bill

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