Drug abuse is a sweeping problem across the country. In particular, opioid abuse and overdose have come increasingly to the forefront of the country’s attention due to several distressing outbreaks in larger cities. Opioid abuse affects more than just the individuals themselves. It also affects their families, friends, neighbors, and communities.
The Importance & Effects of CARA for Rehabilitation
CARA upholds the basic tenets of addiction prevention and recovery and underscores their effectiveness for practitioners around the country. It also approves grants for many states to further their drug abuse prevention plans, to increase the ability of practitioners to prescribe medication for drug overdoses and addiction and to improve drug monitoring programs. CARA places special emphasis on getting many types of providers on-board with treatment, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and improves the access that veterans will have to these programs through the Department of Veteran Affairs. The bill also hopes to improve education about drug abuse as well as treatment of opioid addiction to pregnant and postpartum women in an effort to improve child and family health.
While the American Society of Addiction Medication supports these measures, it also notes that these plans will only be able to be carried out if Congress follows through with its plans to fund the program fully for the remainder of this year. In addition, the Society notes that this is just one step in the right direction; while the bill provides excellent resources to states and physicians, many further changes are needed to improve drug abuse statistics throughout the country.