House Passage of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act a Big Step Forward in Addressing Addiction
Passage Should Be Followed by Quick Action to Adequately Fund the Law
Statement of Alice Dembner, Director of Community Catalyst’s Substance Use Disorders Project, on today’s passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) by the U.S. House of Representatives.
(BOSTON) — “Community Catalyst applauds the House of Representatives on today’s vote to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). We appreciate federal lawmakers’ commitment to addressing this public health problem, but we want to underscore the need for adequate funding to support this landmark legislation. Fueled by personal stories and crafted with extensive input from advocates and persons in recovery, CARA is the first comprehensive legislation to address addiction as a disease, not a moral failing.
“With CARA, Congress has given us a roadmap to tackle addiction through prevention, treatment and recovery supports, and engagement with law enforcement. Equally important is adequate funding to implement these strategies. We urge Congress to continue the current momentum and allocate the resources necessary to carry out the plan laid out by CARA.”
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