LAC Applauds Senate Passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), Calls on Congress to Support Full CARA Funding
Expresses Gratitude to Senate Co-Sponsors and Leaders Who Made Passage Possible
Washington, DC– Legal Action Center applauds the United States Senate for passing CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Senate passage of CARA marks a significant step forward in the fight against heroin and prescription opioid addictions and overdoses. The Center urges the House of Representatives to pass the bill, and Congressional appropriators to fund CARA now.
In a 94-1 vote today, the Senate passed CARA, and the bill now heads to the House of Representatives. LAC has supported CARA since the bill’s inception because final passage and full funding for CARA would:
- Expand access to addiction treatment, including medication-assisted treatment for heroin and opioid dependence.
- Provide funds for addiction recovery programming and substance use prevention efforts.
- Create new opportunities for people to receive drug treatment instead of incarceration.
According to Legal Action Center’s Director of Policy Gabrielle de la Gueronniere, “It is great to see near unanimous Senate support for addressing the critical need for more substance use prevention, addiction treatment, and recovery supports and to shift the focus of drug policy toward health and away from incarceration.”
“LAC especially thanks Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator Rob Portman, Senator Kelly Ayotte, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Chuck Grassley, and Senator Patrick Leahy for their leadership and commitment to get CARA passed in the Senate,” said LAC Director and President Paul Samuels. “Even as we celebrate this milestone, LAC encourages the House to take up CARA and pass it soon, and we call on Congressional appropriators to fully fund CARA so that communities will have better tools to deal with this crisis.”