Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire
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Combating the Opioid & Heroin Epidemic

The opioid and heroin epidemic is tearing communities apart in the Granite State and all across the country. This is a public health crisis, and we need to be doing everything we can to strengthen prevention, treatment, and recovery services and strategies. That’s why I co-founded the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force with my former colleague, Representative Frank Guinta (NH-01) in 2015. I have been proud to serve as co-chair of this task force since its inception, most recently with Representative Tom MacArthur (NJ-03).

The Task Force, which has more than 80 congressional members, aims to develop best practices and foster interagency collaboration to address the epidemic. In 2016, the Task Force successfully pushed for the passage of eighteen bills in one week which became part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S.524). The Task Force has also held numerous hearings and briefings, both in Washington and in communities impacted by addiction, to educate lawmakers about effective means to curb the crisis.

In addition to founding the task force, I fought to include funding to address the opioid crisis in the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6), and I introduced Carl’s Law (H.R. 5601), which would require any medication that contains an opiate to include a warning on its label identifying the presence of opioids and the possibility of drug-seeking behavior.

I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress to bring an end to this deadly epidemic. 

More on Combating the Opioid & Heroin Epidemic

Jun 20, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today the leaders of Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Donald Norcross (D-NJ), released the following statements on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality study, which shows a national increase in opioid-related inpatient stays and emergency department visits.

Jun 20, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Representatives Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) have introduced the Road to Recovery Act – bipartisan legislation that would eliminate the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion for substance use disorder and help states expand access to inpatient treatment for its enrollees.

May 31, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) - Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) co-chairs of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, announced that Representatives Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) will serve as vice-chairs of the task force. 

May 31, 2017 Press Release

(Hanover, NH) – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) visited Dartmouth College for Tackling the New Hampshire Opioid Crisis: Harnessing the Power of Science to Break the Cycle to discuss the opioid epidemic and share updates on her work in Congress to address this issue. Kuster was joined by Dr.

May 31, 2017 Event

(Hanover, NH) – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) visited Dartmouth College for Tackling the New Hampshire Opioid Crisis: Harnessing the Power of Science to Break the Cycle to discuss the opioid epidemic and share updates on her work in Congress to address this issue. Kuster was joined by Dr.

May 26, 2017 Event

**Earlier, Kuster met with students and offered remarks about preventing drug and alcohol use among youth at the CADY 17th Annual Regional Prevention Summit**

May 26, 2017 Press Release

**Earlier, Kuster met with students and offered remarks about preventing drug and alcohol use among youth at the CADY 17th Annual Regional Prevention Summit**

May 23, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today the bipartisan VA Prescription Data Accountability Act introduced by Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives. Kuster’s legislation would clarify current law to stipulate that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is required to disclose information to state controlled substance monitoring programs for anyone – veteran or non-veteran – who is prescribed these medications through VA.

May 19, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, along with U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) wrote to President Donald Trump to express their opposition to proposed cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The letter highlights the importance of ONDCP to addressing the substance misuse crisis in New Hampshire.

May 17, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) applauded passage of her legislation, the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act, in the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The legislation will next go to the full House of Representatives for Consideration.