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The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) passed in Congress this past July. This is a huge milestone, however, there is more work to be done and we need resources to put the necessary programs in place. Without the necessary funding, the programs outlined in CARA will not make a difference in our communities.
Congress returns from recess on November 14th and will begin to finalize funding for 2017. We need your help to make sure CARA gets fully funded. Please fill in the below information and e-mail Congress today!!
Fund the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)
Dear [Decision Maker],
I write to strongly urge you to support full funding for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) in the final omnibus bill for FY2017.
Every day in the United States, 129 people die from a drug overdose - more than car accidents and gun violence. Families and communities are in desperate need of resources to combat the current opioid epidemic.The comprehensive approach to addressing this crisis was established in CARA. It finally moves us closer to treating addiction like a disease through evidence-based practices such as medication-assisted treatment. It supports community-based prevention efforts and long-term, robust recovery support. It expands access to naloxone so that we can reverse overdoses and save lives.
We thank you for passing this critical piece of legislation and now, we urge you to support the $181 million authorized in CARA to fight this epidemic.