Ayotte highlights bill that would fight addiction, promote recovery

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) discussed a bipartisan bill on Tuesday that she’s spearheading to fight the country’s prescription drug abuse crisis.

Ayotte highlighted the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), S. 524, during a stop at WestBridge Community Services facility in Manchester, N.H. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill last week.

“I am pleased that CARA passed unanimously out of the Judiciary Committee last week, and I urge all of my colleagues in the Senate to support this bill, which takes important steps to improve treatment, enhance prevention efforts, ensure law enforcement and first responders have the tools they need, support those in recovery, and develop best prescribing practices for pain management,” Ayotte said.

The bill also includes provisions from a separate bill that Ayotte is co-authoring to improve treatment for pregnant and postpartum women and to develop best practices for pain management.

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with treatment providers and staff at WestBridge in Manchester, and learn more about their efforts to treat individuals who are living with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders,” Ayotte said. “I am also grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with some of their program participants, who provided a valuable perspective about their experience in treatment.”

U.S. Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) joined Ayotte in co-sponsoring CARA last year. The bill resulted from five bicameral and bipartisan congressional briefings with public health, law enforcement, educational and treatment experts.

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