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One Hundred and Two Years Later: The U.S. path to the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act

How long does it take for a paradigm shift to become policy? For the United States, it took 102 years to change our ideas around substance abuse and pass the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA). In 1914, the federal government enacted the Harrison Narcotic Control Act, the first comprehensive legislation to address substance use and abuse in our country.  It was a pivotal act, as it addressed what we now know is a disease, as criminal acts.