CARA passes U.S. Senate

Posted on: March 18, 2016 11:00 am

By a margin of 94-1, the U.S. Senate has passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, a bill aimed at expanding treatment and prevention initiatives in the United States.

CARA includes a focus on opioids, from increased support for prescription drug take-back programs and monitoring of opioid prescriptions to expansion of medication-assisted treatment and support for broader capacity for the use naloxone in overdose situations.

The Senate explicitly eliminated a proposed amendment to include funding for the initiatives, raising some concerns. Funding will be addressed through appropriations legislation.

The outcome of the legislation is also in question, since the U.S. House of Representatives has not passed a companion bill as yet.