Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act

The CARE Act is modeled directly on the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act, supporting local decision making and federal research and programs to prevent drug use while funding evidence-based treatments and recovery support services.

With the amount of relief the Ryan White CARE Act provided to the AIDS epidemic, we see Senator Warren and Rep Cummings's CARE Act as a reliable and comprehensive approach to the opioid crisis. It had 81 co-sponsors in the House in the 115th Congress.

Please consult the congress.gov page for the House bill to see if your Rep was a co-sponsor

(Let's be sure they're original co-sponsors when the bill is reintroduced into the 116th!)

Talking Points:

  • Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that life expectancy in the United States dropped for the second year in a row—and drug overdoses are the single biggest reason why.

  • Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses skyrocketed across the United States by 30% between July 2016 and September 2017. In 2016, nearly 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses—rivaling the peak death figures from HIV/AIDS in the mid-1990s.

  • Of the 64,000 Americans who died from drug overdoses in 2016, more than 42,000 are attributable to opioids—resulting in 115 Americans dying every day from opioid overdoses.

  • Only 10% of those in need of specialty treatment for substance use disorders are able to access it.


  • The CARE Act would provide $100 billion in federal funding over ten years, including:
    • $4 billion per year to states, territories, and tribal governments
    • $2.7 billion per year to the hardest hit counties and cities
    • $1.8 billion per year for public health surveillance, biomedical research, and improved training for health professionals
    • $1 billion per year to support expanded and innovative service delivery
    • $500 million per year to expand access to the overdose reversal drug naloxone


(see: https://www.warren.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/CARE%20One-Pager2.pdf)