Home > News > Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose Response to the President Signing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act into Law

July 22, 2016 — Today, the President signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) into law. While we are thankful for the swift action of the Administration and the support of Congress in taking this important step to stop the opioid epidemic, this does not go far enough. As passed, the bill authorizes, but does not fund, prevention, treatment, recovery and criminal justice programs and reforms. More than 120 lives are lost each day to a drug overdose. This is not an issue that requires further debate. We implore Congress to find the funds necessary to maximize the potential of this legislation. And we remain committed to supporting this work to provide hope to communities in desperate need of a solution to this public health crisis.