Rep. Zeldin Announces that CARA, an $8.3 Billion Bill to Combat Heroin & Opioid Epidemic, is Being Sent to President’s Desk
Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, announced today that the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA, conference report (S. 524) that passed the House in an overwhelming bipartisan vote on July 8, 2016, passed the Senate by a vote of 92 to 2. The House and Senate previously passed two similar versions of this bill, which Congressman Zeldin cosponsors. The conference report, which resolves the differences between the two House and Senate bills, passed both the House and Senate and will now be sent to the President to be signed into law.
The CARA conference report provides a total of $8.3 billion in funding to help combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. Some provisions of the bill include: $80 million in funding to help prevent and treat addiction on a local level through community-based education, prevention, treatment and recovery programs; $160 million for the expansion of medication-assisted treatment options; and $103 million to establish a community-based competitive grant program to address and treat the problems of heroin and opioid addiction and abuse. The bill would also provide funding necessary to expand prescription drug monitoring across the country, and provide funding to supply our police force and emergency medical responders with higher quantities of Naloxone, a medication that is proven to reverse an opioid overdose.
Congressman Zeldin said, “With both House and Senate passage of CARA, a bill that I proudly cosponsor and have been a vocal supporter of since it was first introduced, we are now only one step away from this bill being signed into law. 78 people lose their life every day as a result of an opioid or heroin overdose. Last year, on Long Island alone, 442 people died of a heroin or opiate overdose, up from 403 overdose deaths the year before. As addiction and overdose deaths continue to climb, tearing apart families and communities, it is essential that the President sign CARA into law to start delivering help to those suffering.”