Hoeven: Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Drug Addiction, Help Law Enforcement Combat Drug Crime

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate has passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), bipartisan legislation to help combat the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic plaguing communities across the nation.

“The Senate passed important legislation today to fight the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic that has infiltrated communities across the nation, including in North Dakota. The bill will help prevent and treat addiction and provide our communities with resources to combat drug abuse,” said Hoeven.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act provides an evidence-based approach to help combat the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. The bill expands prevention efforts, supports law enforcement, combats overdoses and expands access to treatment to help communities combat drug addiction and drug crimes.

Under the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, the U.S. Attorney General may make grants to state law enforcement agencies to investigate the distribution of heroin and prescription opioids.