The Senate on Monday voted 86-3 to advance the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), USA Today reports. A vote on the final passage of the bill is expected this week.
The measure has not yet been taken up by the House, the article notes.
The Act is sponsored by Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, a Democrat, and Rob Portman of Ohio, a Republican. The bill has bipartisan support and would expand prescription drug take-back programs and establish monitoring to prevent over-prescribing of opioid painkillers. It would expand the availability of medication-assisted treatment, including in criminal justice settings, and would support treatment as an alternative to incarceration.
The measure also calls for training and equipping first responders on the use of the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone.