NASADAD releases Section-by-Section Summary of CARA 2.0

On February 27, 2018, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced “CARA 2.0,” a bill that aims to build upon the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016. CARA 2.0 increases the funding authorization levels of several CARA 2016 programs, and proposes  policy changes to address the opioid crisis.

Access NASADAD’s summary of CARA 2.0 here.

NASADAD updates fact sheet on opioids

NASADAD has updated its fact sheet on opioids to include the latest data on the topic, such as the recently released overdose death figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The fact sheet reviews prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl, and provides an epidemiological overview of the problem. Additionally, this iteration of the fact sheet highlights the continuum of care—prevention, treatment, and recovery—as it relates to opioids. Access the fact sheet here.

NASADAD releases FY 2018 appropriations update for priority programs within HHS

The update provides an overview of the status of the FY 2018 appropriations process. Individual program allocations are included in the detailed charts – with information about the FY 2017 budget allotment, as well as President’s FY 2018 request and the House and Senate Appropriations Committees’ recommendations.

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Texas Releases Final Evaluation Report of Recovery Support Services Project

The University of Texas’ Addiction Research Institute released a report that provides an overview of the State’s Recover Support Services Initiative, which began in 2014. It contains over one year of collected data on participants that shows encouraging results in a variety of life domains (including housing and employment) and a significant reduction in healthcare costs.

The report can be found here.


New peer-reviewed article highlights State alcohol and drug agencies’ efforts to address opioid crisis

A study recently released in Public Health Reports—the official journal of the U.S. Surgeon General—used data from NASADAD’s 2015 inquiry on States’ efforts to address prescription drug misuse and heroin use to describe how States are combatting the opioid epidemic. The article, titled How States Are Tackling the Opioid Crisis, is the first of its kind to quantify and summarize State-level efforts to combat prescription drug and opioid addiction. As federal initiatives by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) aim to improve substance use disorder prevention and treatment, this article outlines the critical role that States—in particular the State alcohol and drug agencies—have in addressing the opioid crisis. The initiatives undertaken by States that are highlighted in the article include:

  • Educating the general public, prescribers, patients and families, and pharmacists about the risks of opioids;
  • Increasing funding for medication-assisted treatment;
  • Expanding the availability of naloxone;
  • Establishing guidelines for safe opioid prescribing;
  • Requiring prescriber use of prescription monitoring programs;
  • Enacting Good Samaritan laws to protect those helping treat overdoses; and
  • Enacting legislation to regulate pain clinics.


Authors offer a review of the literature, noting that State alcohol and drug agencies’ efforts to address opioid misuse and addiction align with intervention models that have been previously evaluated. The article recognizes that State alcohol and drug agencies have demonstrated a robust response to the opioid crisis, and concludes that future efforts should “focus on maintenance and further expansion of the high-quality, evidence-based practices, policies, and programs” that States are already implementing.

Read the full article here.

NASADAD releases section-by-section summary of 21st Century Cures Act

NASADAD has released a section-by-section summary of the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in December 2016. The Cures Act was originally designed to promote innovations in medical research, but the Act, as signed into law, contains numerous other initiatives, including several provisions related to substance use disorders.

Access the section-by-section summary here.