While Congress failed to fund the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act this summer, when President Obama signed the bill
The president said he will sign the bill, but he has reservations about its lack of funding.
The good news: Feds are already moving to increase access to a top addiction treatment.
We need to start saving lives with tools we know work instead of making it harder for those fighting addiction to succeed and survive. Most importantly we need to see the life of a person struggling with addiction as more worth saving than the cost of the medicine. Comprehensive reform means acknowledging "new normals."
CARA's passage into law represents Congress and our nation at its best. Bipartisan. Analytical. Idealistic. Compassionate. Yes, we can still be all those things here in America.
A poll finds a majority also believe access to adequate treatment is a major issue.