Issue Brief 16-32
June 20, 2016

Both the House and Senate have passed versions of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), to address prescription drug and heroin abuse. The Senate passed S. 524 in March. In May, the House passed 18 bills and combined them into one, as an amended version of S. 524. While there are common themes in the bills—such as the creation of new state and local grants, the reauthorization of existing programs, and grant accountability—they differ in scope and funding. This Issue Brief compares the two versions, and provides an inventory of grants included in the bills.