WASHINGTON – The United States Senate is scheduled to act on he Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), the bipartisan effort to combat the epidemic of heroin and opioid addiction.
The aim of the legislation is to ensure that federal resources are used for evidence-based education, treatment and recovery programs. CARA establishes an inter-agency task force and provides federal grant money to educate and fight against drug abuse.
“Heroin overdoses have more than tripled in the last five years while opioid addictions have surpassed car accidents as they leading cause of injury-related deaths in America,” said Sarah Chamberlain, President of the Republican Main Street Partnership. “Addiction is a major crisis in this country and Main Street is pleased the Senate is taking action to address this growing epidemic.”
Chamberlain, who founded the Women2Women Conversations Tour has traveled across the country with female members of Congress and listened to concerns from women from every corner of our country as they talk about how addiction has gripped their communities. As a result of that tour, in January, Chamberlain unveiled the Women2Women Policy Agenda in which finding ways to combat addiction is a centerpiece.
“The House has good pieces of legislation like the Susan Brooks bill that will help in the fight against addiction,” Chamberlain continued. “My hope is the House can act expeditiously to get their bills passed and go to conference with the Senate so that we can get a commonsense bipartisan bill to the President’s desk.”
House bills introduced by members of the Republican Main Street Partnership include:
The Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse Prevention, Education, and Enforcement Act (H.R. 2805): Introduced by Main Street Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), the bill will enable health officials to prevent prescription drug abuse, support law enforcement efforts to get heroin off the streets, allow more first responders access to life-saving naloxone, and raise public awareness regarding prescription opioid and heroin abuse.
The Reforming and Expanding Access to Treatment (TREAT) Act (H.R. 4076): Introduced by Main Street Representative Michael Turner (R-OH), the TREAT Act will expand treatment options for patients and inmates battling heroin and opioid addiction.
The CRADLE Act (H.R. 3865): Introduced by Main Street Representative Evan Jenkins (R-WV), the CRADLE Act will provide care centers for babies exposed to opioids and other drugs in the womb.
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