Amid a widespread drug crisis across the country, U.S. Senators are considering a bill that would support expanded recovery efforts and a drug education plan.
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 was introduced by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), is sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).
The legislation – which is supported by the National District Attorneys Association, the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), Faces and Voices of Recovery, and other organization – would expand education and prevention efforts, especially those aimed at teens and aging populations, both of which are at risk. It would also encourage increased naloxone use, evidence-based opiate treatment options, and prescription drug monitoring.
“In order to help Americans struggling with drug addiction, we must get beyond a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach,” said Portman. “This legislation builds on proven methods to enable law enforcement to respond to this heroin epidemic and supports long-term recovery by connecting prevention and education efforts with treatment programs.”