Every day, hospitals see the devastating effects of the U.S. opioid epidemic. While prescription opioids can be a safe and necessary part of pain management, these drugs also carry serious risks of harm because of the potential for addiction, misuse, overdose and death. This national epidemic is receiving much-needed attention from all corners of society.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is pleased important steps have been taken to tackle this public health crisis. On July 13, the Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), S. 524, which was also approved by the House of Representatives. The multifaceted, bipartisan legislation is designed to help stem the epidemic of opioid abuse through education, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. The legislation incorporates several AHA-endorsed measures. Click here to read more in a special bulletin from the AHA.