Take Action: Support Comprehensive Addiction Treatment

Rev. Katherine B. Ray Take Action

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Clergy for a New Drug Policy believes in treating drug use as a public health issue, rather than a criminal one.  The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act provides funding to expand treatment programs for those struggling with addiction, as well as prevention programs for those at risk.  This is a key piece of legislation that treats drug users with compassion, not punishment.

From CADCA, here is an overview of the provisions of the CARA Act:

  • Expand prevention and educational efforts—particularly aimed at teens, parents and other caretakers, and aging populations—to prevent the abuse of opioids and heroin and to promote treatment and recovery.
  • Expand the availability of naloxone to law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help in the reversal of overdoses to save lives.
  • Expand resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from addiction disorders promptly by collaborating with criminal justice stakeholders and by providing evidence-based treatment.
  • Expand disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications to keep them out of the hands of our children and adolescents.
  • Launch an evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and intervention program to expand best practices throughout the country.
  • Launch a medication assisted treatment and intervention demonstration program.
  • Strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs to help states monitor and track prescription drug diversion and to help at-risk individuals access services.

Add your name to a petition supporting the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which will be sent to the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee .

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