The CARE Act is based on the Ryan White CARE Act of 1990, which guaranteed funding to fight the AIDS epidemic, and is aimed at “providing the resources needed to begin treating this epidemic like the public health crisis that it is,” Warren wrote.

The bicameral proposal is backed by nearly 100 members of Congress, the Massachusetts Democrat added, and “the nation’s top experts on the crisis stand behind it.”

“If we are serious about addressing the opioid crisis, we must pass the CARE Act,” Jennifer Flynn Walker of the Center for Popular Democracy said in a statement. “Rep. Cummings and Sen. Warren have worked hand in hand with people directly affected by the crisis to design this legislation. These voices are and will continue to be invaluable in bringing about an end to the opioid crisis.”

The Drug Policy Alliance called the proposal “a groundbreaking bill urgently needed now to end our nation’s overdose crisis.”

“This legislation presents a bold federal plan of action to address this national emergency of overdose deaths by prioritizing the public health needs of local communities,” said Grant Smith, the group’s deputy director of national affairs.

Warren noted that after spending years insisting that their opioid painkiller, OxyContin, was not addictive, the Sackler family also reportedly considered pushing for treatment availability—by manufacturing drugs used to treat opioid addiction, profiting off the crisis once again.

“Under my opioid plan,” the senator said, “billionaires like the Sacklers wouldn’t get to live the high life while only one out of five folks who need opioid treatment get the help they need. Instead, they would pay up to help make sure every person gets the care they need.”

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