FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Attorneys general from 37 states, including Kentucky, sent a letter to the Committee on the Judiciary for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015.
Proponents of the act say it would provide states with additional tools to combat heroin and opioid abuse and addiction. The act focuses on several key factors of addiction and recovery, including:
- Expanding prevention and educational efforts to prevent the abuse of opioids and heroin and to promote treatment and recovery;
- Expanding the availability of naloxone to law enforcement agencies;
- Expanding resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from addiction disorders;
- Expanding disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications;
- Launching evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and intervention programs;
- Strengthening prescription drug monitoring programs.
A copy of the letter sent to the Senate and House Committees on the Judiciary can be downloaded at http://goo.gl/w906U8