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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

Jul 1, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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Supporting New Hampshire Communities

Jun 26, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, D.C) – Today, Reps. Annie Kuster (D-NH), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Mike Turner (R-OH), and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) introduced H.R. 3496, the Community Re-Entry through Addiction Treatment to Enhance (CREATE) Opportunities Act, legislation to help expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for justice-involved individuals.

Jun 18, 2019 In The News

What more could the federal government do to help Cheshire County fight the opioid epidemic and meet local health care needs? That was the topic Monday, as Congresswoman Ann M. Kuster stopped by the county jail and nursing home to meet with county leaders.

As part of the visit, Kuster and county officials discussed the jail’s expanded use of medication to treat inmates addicted to opioids.

May 23, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) –Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), the co-chairs of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, have introduced the Respond NOW Act to bolster the federal response to the opioid epidemic.

May 3, 2019 In The News

New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster was in Lebanon Friday, visiting Headrest and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center as part of her hospital and health care listening tour.

Headrest helps those affected by substance use disorder with treatment and programs.

Executive Director Cameron Ford said they received a grant through the Community Development Finance Authority.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL), Susan W. Brooks (R-IN), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to introduce the Opioid Workforce Act of 2019 (H.R. 2439), bipartisan legislation to train more doctors equipped to combat the opioid epidemic. The legislation would create 1,000 additional residency positions over five years to hospitals with addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry, or pain management programs.

Apr 17, 2019 Event

(Concord, NH) - Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) visited Riverbend Community Mental Health, where she toured the facility and met with leadership and clinicians.

Apr 17, 2019 Press Release

(Concord, NH) - Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) visited Riverbend Community Mental Health, where she toured the facility and met with leadership and clinicians.

Apr 17, 2019 In The News

NASHUA – “We don’t say to people with diabetes, ‘We can’t treat you – you just ate cake.’ We say, ‘Wow, it’s really hard not to eat cake, but how can we help you and your family because you have a chronic disease that you should never have cake.”

These are the words of U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., during her Tuesday stop at Nashua’s Revive Recovery Center. Kuster made a couple of stops in Nashua to see how the state’s “Hub and Spoke”system is working.

Apr 17, 2019 In The News

Four months into its creation, Concord’s hub-and-spoke substance use treatment system is picking up some steam. Walk-in patients to Riverbend Community Health – the capital area’s “hub” – are up and 41 patients have been referred to services so far, the organization says.

But as New Hampshire officials continue to roll out the program and present it as a key asset in turning around the state’s opioid epidemic, a growing difficulty looms: payments.