On behalf of the FED UP coalition, Runwell would like to share this call to action for your help in passing the nation's most comprehensive bipartisan legislation of our time to support addiction services.
CARA 2014 - The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2014 - would give those suffering with substance abuse a chance to access treatment and recovery support services with $40-80 million in critically needed funding.
In order to reach the Senate, this bill must make it through the Judiciary Committee.
1. Click here to find out if your U.S. Senator is on the Judiciary Committee. If so, click on their bio for their contact information.
2. Call or email to tell them you support Bill: S.2839 (CARA2014)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Americans die every day from drug overdoses than car accidents - an average of 110 people per day. Of the approximately 22.7 million Americans who needed treatment for substance use in 2013, only 2.5 million people received it, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
-Expand prevention and educational efforts - particularly aimed at teens, parents and other caretakers, and aging populations - to prevent the abuse of opioids and heroin and to promote treatment and recovery.
-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 our children and teens.
-Launch an evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and intervention program. While we have medications that can help treat addiction, there is a critical need to get the training and resources necessary to expand treatment best practices throughout the country.
-Strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs to help states monitor and track prescription drug diversion and to help at-risk individuals access services.