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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

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 Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08).

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

Mar 22, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force, and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) introduced the Analyzing and Leveraging Existing Rx Transactions (ALERT) Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to require that products they deem to be at risk for misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose or drug interactions be dispensed using a prescription safety alert system.

Mar 21, 2019 In The News

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's congressional delegation and Gov. Chris Sununu are welcoming nearly $12 million in additional funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced the funding Wednesday.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said the resources will help save lives. Sen. Maggie Hassan said she's pleased the Trump administration heeded calls for additional funding.

Mar 15, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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Preserving New Hampshire’s Environment

Mar 11, 2019 Press Release

**Proposal would slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, Health and Human Services**

**Proposal also includes opioid funding**

Mar 6, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) in a New Hampshire Congressional Delegation letter to the President, urging him to prioritize funding for State Opioid Response (SOR) grants in his annual budget proposal to Congress. SOR grants were established in the 21st Century Cures Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2016.

Mar 6, 2019 In The News

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is asking President Donald Trump to continue to prioritize funding for states hardest hit by the opioid crisis as he prepares a budget proposal for fiscal 2020.

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan on Wednesday joined with U.S. Reps. Ann Kuster and Chris Pappas in a letter to Trump asking that strong funding continues for the State Opioid Response grants that were originally established in the 21st Century Cures Act.

Mar 1, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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A Fake National Emergency

Feb 25, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (GRAY) According to the CDC, more than 47,000 Americans died of an overdose involving opioids in 2017. Monday, a congressional task force met on Capitol Hill to discuss ways to curb that number.

Task force co-founder Rep. Annie Kuster says their biggest goal this year will be to focus on treatment.