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Rep. Zeldin Praises Senate Passage of CARA to Combat the Heroin Epidemic; Urges House to Vote on Bill

March 10, 2016
Press Release

Patchogue, NY –Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, announced today that a bill he cosponsors in the House of Representatives, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2015 (H.R. 953/S. 524), was passed by the Senate to help Americans overcome the current challenges faced with drug abuse.

“The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which I am proud to support and cosponsor, is bipartisan legislation aimed at increasing treatment and recovery services, and providing the proper education and resources at a local level on Long Island and across New York State to help combat the growing drug crisis,” said Congressman Zeldin. “I’m pleased today to announce that the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed this bipartisan legislation in a 94-1 vote. Now, the House must act and bring this critical bill to the House floor for a vote immediately so that we can bring relief to all those affected.”

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act will provide up to $80 million in funding to help prevent and treat addiction through community-based education and preventative programs, and treatment and recovery programs. The grants made available through this bill will also provide the funding necessary to expand prescription drug monitoring programs in states. Additionally, the funding will provide our police force and emergency medical responders with higher supplies of Naloxone, a prescription drug proven to reverse an opioid overdose.

“Our communities and families on Long Island have been severely impacted by the rise of prescription drug abuse and the growing epidemic of heroin,” Congressman Zeldin continued. “One of my top priorities in Congress will always be to help those coping with drug addiction by increasing treatment and recovery services, education, and stopping the influx of illegal substances.”

Congressman Zeldin also cosponsors The Stop Overdose Stat (SOS) Act (H.R. 2850), which would provide an additional $25 million over a 5 year period for Naloxone production and distribution, to help increase the supply, and provide more medical professionals and families with this life saving drug. The SOS Act will also establish a preventative research task force, which will be established to research ways to prevent future overdose deaths, taking a preventative approach against drug abuse.

In July of 2015, Congressman Zeldin hosted a press conference where he joined with local elected officials, community groups and concerned residents to urge support for both The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 and the Stop Overdose Stat (SOS) Act. The Congressman also hosted a free public community summit in November of 2015 to discuss the rise of drug abuse on Long Island, as well as treatment and prevention efforts, with a panel of parents, educators, healthcare professionals, law enforcement officials, local elected officials and recovering substance abusers.

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