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AG Jackley Joins Request for Congressional Assistance to Support CARA
PIERRE, S.D – Attorney General Marty Jackley and a bipartisan group of Attorneys General today sent a letter to the leadership of 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 (S. 524/HR 953). The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act would provide states with the necessary tools to more effectively confront the growing challenge of heroin and opioid abuse and addiction.

The current bill S524/HR953 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act addresses the effect that heroin and prescription drug abuse is having on public health and safety in communities throughout the United States. The Act will allow for expansion of prevention and education efforts, expand the availability of naloxone to law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help with the reversal of overdoses to save lives, expand resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from addiction disorders, expand disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications, launch evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs.

“As a society we continue to battle drug addiction whether it is from the law enforcement side or the healthcare field. Education and prevention are essential to addressing addiction that affects our families and communities. This Act will provide us with the necessary tools to more effectively confront this growing challenge,” said Jackley.

South Dakota continues to address prescription drug abuse on the state level. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program was passed into law during the 2010 legislative session. The purpose of this program was to improve patient care by providing physicians and pharmacists with a controlled substance dispensing history for their patients. In 2015, South Dakota legislators passed legislation allowing first responders, firefighters, and law enforcement officers across the state to carry naloxone, an opiate overdose antidote to help fight drug fatalities.