The Partnership is one of many organizations – and I’ll be among many thousands of people – who will be present at an rally in Washington called “United to Face Addiction,” aimed at mobilizing resources to prevent and treat substance use disorders and addiction. Over 85 million Americans say they have been affected “a great deal” by addiction, and yet addiction remains ignored by mainstream healthcare while the majority of those suffering from addiction go untreated.
A major call to action of the rally is support for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA),which has bi-partisan sponsorship in both the Senate and House. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 will:
- Provide up to $80 million in funding for prevention, treatment, and recovery
- Launch an evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and interventions program.
- Strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs to help states monitor and track prescription drug diversion and to help at-risk individuals access services
- Expand prevention and educational efforts—particularly aimed at teens, parents and other caretakers, and aging populations
- Expand the availability of naloxone to law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help in the reversal of overdoses to save lives
- Expand resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from addiction disorders promptly by collaborating with criminal justice stakeholders and by providing evidence-based treatment
- Expand disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications to keep them out of the hands of children and adolescents
The Partnership has created a petition, urging members of both houses of Congress to vote for CARA. This petition will be delivered to senators and congressmen on , the day after the rally.
On behalf of myself and the Partnership, I ask you to please sign the petition, share it with friends and family, and post it on Facebook and Twitter using #howmanyfamilies: http://www.drugfree.org/unite_to_face_addiction