Inhofe Praises Final Passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised final passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) conference report, H.Rept. 114-669, which authorizes funds to address the nationwide prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 92 to 2, and now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.  

“I applaud Congress for working together on a bipartisan solution to help communities across the country ravaged by the opioid and heroin epidemic,” Inhofe said. “Oklahoma is one of the leading states for narcotic prescribing activity and overdose deaths, having lost 864 residents in 2014. State leaders have been working to address this alarming statistic, and CARA, once signed into law, will help compliment their efforts by authorizing federal grants to aid with prevention and recovery. In addition, CARA also addresses the opioid issue as it affects our veterans. Many of our veterans come home with painful injuries that will alter their daily lives going forward. It is important that through the Department of Veterans Affairs we develop best practices for pain management that do not lead to addiction. CARA addresses this by requiring that all VA employees who prescribe opioids receive education and training on pain management and safe opioid prescribing practices.”  

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) conference report addresses the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic by:

  • Expanding the availability of naloxone, which can counter the effects of a heroin or opioid overdose, to law enforcement agencies and other first responders;
  • Improving prescription drug monitoring programs to help states monitor and track prescription drug diversion;
  • Developing best practices for pain management in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs; and
  • Shifting resources towards identifying and treating incarcerated people who are suffering from addiction, rather than just punishment as is often the case currently.

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