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Ask the Candidate: Will You Fund CARA?

In August, congressional lawmakers will be spending time in their respective states and districts, many of them campaigning for re-election. But, lawmakers still have unfinished business on Capitol Hill, including the passage of legislation to fund opioid prevention, treatment and recovery programs.

State and county fairs, town hall meetings, and community picnics all provide excellent forums for constituents — your advocates — to ask their members of Congress (many of whom are seeking re-election) to fund the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).

Lawmakers acted this year with a sense of urgency when it passed CARA. Lawmakers were responding to the more than 120 Americans who will die every day from a drug overdose — the majority of whom will overdose on prescription medications and heroin. We must demand that Congress fund CARA will the same level of urgency.

In the weeks ahead, we hope you will call upon your advocates to make the case for federal funding to fulfill the promise of CARA. Please consider sharing the candidate question below with your grassroots advocates or directing them to Take Action by sending their lawmakers a letter. Organizations and grassroots are also encouraged to advocate for funding through social media using the sample social media posts provided below.

 
Candidate Question

I am grateful for your leadership and the considerable time Congress has dedicated to addressing the opioid misuse and overdose epidemic.
However, while I am thankful Congress passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) in July, there is still a critical need for new funding in order to have a significant impact on the opioid epidemic.  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; every day that passes without dollars appropriated by Congress leaves hundreds of thousands without treatment and recovery supports and puts thousands of lives at risk.

What actions will you take this year to secure funding for implementation of CARA?

If the opportunity allows for a dialogue, here are possible responses for advocates:

If the lawmaker responds that it is the job of the appropriators, advocate should ask the lawmaker if he/she is willing to talk to members/the chairs of the Appropriations Committee to express support for funding.

If the lawmaker responds that it will need to wait until next year, advocate should state that the need for funding to address the opioid misuse and overdose epidemic is urgent given the rate of deaths from overdoses.

If the lawmaker responds that he/she supports increased funding, the advocate should ask the lawmaker what he/she will do to make sure funding is allocated this year.

Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose
Summer Recess Template Social Media Posts

Facebook
Ask your U.S. Senators and Representative what they plan to do to fund the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) now that it has passed.
It’s critical Congress funds the promising programs and reforms included in this meaningful federal legislation to address the opioid epidemic.
It’s time to begin the important work of effectively implementing CARA’s policies to prevent opioid misuse and addiction, treat those suffering from the disease, support people in recovery, and reduce overdose deaths. #CongressFundCARA
http://www.stopopioidoverdose.org/contact-congress/

 

We’re grateful for the considerable effort undertaken by Congress to address the opioid misuse and overdose epidemic.
While Congress passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) in July, it must be funded for it to have a significant impact on the opioid epidemic. 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; every day that passes without dollars appropriated by Congress leaves hundreds of thousands without treatment and recovery supports and puts thousands of lives at risk.
Ask your U.S. Senators and Representative to fund the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) now that it has passed. #CongressFundCARA
http://www.stopopioidoverdose.org/contact-congress/

 

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which was passed in July, must be funded to have a significant impact on the opioid epidemic. Urge your U.S. Senators and Representative to fund CARA. More than 120 lives are lost each day to a drug overdose; every day that passes without dollars appropriated by Congress leaves hundreds of thousands without treatment and recovery supports and puts thousands of lives at risk. #CongressFundCARA
http://www.stopopioidoverdose.org/contact-congress/

Twitter
[insert Congressional Twitter handle; see list here]: what actions will you take to fund the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act? #CongressFundCARA

I met w/ [insert Congressional Twitter handle; see list here] & asked that #CongressFundCARA. Tell your Congressperson to fund this critical legislation http://bit.ly/29ekHGj

I wrote to [insert Congressional Twitter handle; see list here] & asked that #CongressFundCARA. Tell your Congressperson to fund this critical legislation http://bit.ly/29ekHGj

The Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act passed. Now we ask that #CongressFundCARA. Join us by sending a letter http://bit.ly/29ekHGj

120+ lives are lost each day to a drug overdose. Send your elected official a letter & ask that #CongressFundCARA http://bit.ly/29ekHGj

Funding to address the opioid misuse & overdose epidemic is urgent. Ask that #CongressFundCARA. Send a letter here http://bit.ly/29ekHGj