U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined NKADD Board Members on July 15 to discuss the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, known as CARA legislation.
Back in 2014, McConnell came to NKADD to listen to community leaders' concerns about heroin and opioid epidemic, which began rising to national levels around that time.
McConnell said CARA represents "a comprehensive approach to halt growing drug use" that will enhance prevention, education, treatment and recovery programs and aid law enforcement.
While the bipartisan legislation already has $181 million in approved funding, McConnell said the appropriations process would bring huge increases in future funding.
"This is just the beginning. The real fight is fought at the level of these folks behind me," McConnell said. "This is one hell of a fight. We're going to set up to it at the federal, state and local level and do the very best we can to turn this scourge around."
NKADD is also helping fight heroin and drug addiction by serving as managing partner for a regional heroin helpline along with the leadership of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and the Addiction Services Council, a nonprofit community-based organization that has run a highly successful helpline program for Southwest Ohio residents for more than a decade.
The Northern Kentucky Helpline will be 859-415-9280.
Pictured: The July 15 Press Conference included Independence Mayor Chris Reinersman, Williamsburg Mayor Rick Skinner, Covington Mayor Sherry Carran, Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore, Kenton County Judge Executive Kris Knochelmann and NKADD Executive Director Lisa Cooper.