On March 9, the Senate approved the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) (S. 524). It passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in February with a unanimous voice vote. A companion bill was introduced in the House last year.
S. 524 is aimed at combating the growing abuse of opioids and heroin that has been afflicting communities across the United States. S. 524 would authorize grants to states to train first responders for naloxone use, implement and expand medication-assisted treatment for those addicted to opioids, expand programs to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, and fund treatment alternatives to incarceration for addicts.