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Senators looking at expanding CARA law

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Recently, Rob Portman and other Republican and Democratic senators introduced CARA 2.0 to increase funding for programs outlined in Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act passed in 2016. Recently, Rob Portman and other Republican and Democratic senators introduced CARA 2.0 to increase funding for programs outlined in Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act passed in 2016.
CARA 2.0 will roughly add one billion dollars to education, training, and recovery programs if it is passed. CARA 2.0 will roughly add one billion dollars to education, training, and recovery programs if it is passed.

As the opioid epidemic continues to have deadly effect in Ohio and around the United States, members of the United States Senate are looking at building on laws on the book to combat this problem.

Recently, Rob Portman and other Republican and Democratic senators introduced CARA 2.0 to increase funding for programs outlined in Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act passed in 2016. The original bill funded proven education, treatment and recovery programs, and with version 2.0, more funding will be added to areas that have shown results. 

“If you look at the success rate getting someone from addiction to being clean, to going back to work, getting back with their families, becoming a productive citizen again. One of the things that is really important is to have some of that longer term recovery out there. Whether it’s Silver Housing or group therapy, that sort of thing. We do provide funding for that, and we know that statistics show that works better,” said Senator Rob Portman.

Senator Sherrod Brown says after passing laws that will tackle the import of Fentanyl and Carfentanil, which will reduce the supplies of the deadly drug. The next focus needs to be on reducing the number of people addicted to the opiates. 

“If there is demand the supply is going to come, so it’s important that we step up prevention efforts and education efforts. It’s important we scale up treatment programs, whether it’s in Wapak or Minster, Lima or Bath Township, or Ottawa, we need to scale up treatment programs, so people who want to cure their addiction have a chance to,” said Senator Rob Portman.

CARA 2.0 will roughly add one billion dollars to education, training, and recovery programs if it is passed. 

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