ALEXANDRIA, VA –NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, applauds the Senate’s approval of the Comprehensive Addictions and Recovery Act (CARA). The measure, which passed last week by a 94-1 vote, authorizes funding for evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery programs to help Americans struggling with addiction to heroin or other opioids. The measure now moves to the House for consideration.
“We thank the Senate for acting decisively on this important legislation. CARA will help support treatment needs of individuals and their families,” said Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, Executive Director of NAADAC. “The next step is passage in the House. We ask all of our members to call their Representatives and urge them to pass this legislation.”
The legislation authorizes $600 million for grants to address the opioid and heroin addiction epidemics. Funds authorized under CARA could be used for treatment and recovery services, alternatives to prison for nonviolent offenders, law enforcement initiatives and programs to prevent overdose deaths and improper prescriptions.
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NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 85,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused healthcare professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support, and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members, and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.