U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on the senate floor calling for funding to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act or CARA. Durbin criticized republicans for failing to provide immediate funding for CARA. Durbin said CARA as written freezes funding for addiction treatment at a time when the number of deaths from opioid and heroin overdoses continues to grow.
Durbin said that he knows how big of a problem opioid and heroin addiction is.
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Durbin and other Senate Democrats called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to schedule a vote on legislation providing funding to actually fulfill the promises outlined in the CARA bill.