Congressman Tim Ryan Applauds Senate Passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

Mar 10, 2016 Issues: Health Care

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan applauds Senate passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), Congressman Ryan introduced the House version of CARA in February of 2015. This legislation provides for a robust response to the prescription drug and heroin epidemic that includes prevention, law enforcement strategies and the expansion of evidence-based treatment. Congressman Ryan is the Co-Chairman of the House Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus.

“As Co-Chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, I understand the damage substance abuse inflicts upon the nation. In my state of Ohio, fatal drug overdoses have been the leading cause of accidental death since 2007. Heroin and opiate addiction is destroying lives, disrupting families, and destabilizing communities – it is imperative that we begin to stem this tide. The provisions in this legislation are proven to work and I applaud the Senate for passing this important legislation, now it’s time of the House of Representatives to do its duty and follow suit,” said Congressman Ryan.

The legislation is supported by more than 90 organizations, including the National District Attorneys Association, the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), Faces and Voices of Recovery, the National Council for Behavioral Health, and the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, among others.