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.
- 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 .