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

Aug 10, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, led by Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), is encouraged by President Trump’s announcement that he is declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency. The Task Force is urging Congress and the Administration to work together to ensure that the Public Health Emergency Fund has the resources to take on the crisis.

Aug 10, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, led by Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) is calling on Congress and the Administration to take immediate, meaningful action to address the opioid epidemic. The Task Force is committed to working in a bipartisan way and with the Administration to advance solutions to this national crisis.

Aug 9, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, released the following statement on the lawsuit against Perdue Pharma issued by the New Hampshire Attorney General:

Aug 8, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, led a letter to President Trump calling for action to address the opioid epidemic. The letter comes following the initial findings of The Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which was released after the commission missed two self-imposed deadlines.

Aug 7, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) - Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) is applauding the Northern Border Regional Commission award of a $150,000 grant to help redevelop the Friendship House treatment center in Bethlehem.  The grant, awarded to AHEAD, Inc. (Affordable Housing Education and Development), will support the construction of a new 32-bed facility to help expand services at the Friendship House, the North Country’s only short-term residential and outpatient treatment program.

Aug 7, 2017 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend,

Last week, we learned that in a conversation with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, President Trump said that he won New Hampshire because “New Hampshire is a drug-infested den.”

Aug 3, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, released the following statement on President Trump’s insulting statements about the state of New Hampshire:

Aug 1, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force and a member of House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement on a report issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General that shows veterans that receive healthcare outside of the VA are at an increased risk of misusing prescription opioids:

Aug 1, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, released the following statement on yesterday’s announcement of an interim report by President Trump’s opioid commission:

Jul 7, 2017 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend,

I hope you had a fantastic 4th of July! It was wonderful to gather with friends and family and enjoy the great weather in the Granite State and I hope you were able to do the same! 

Yesterday, I met with Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials to learn about the challenges and dangers posed by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. It is clear that our state is under attack from this new drug and I’ll continue working to address this and all aspects of the opioid crisis. Here is the link to WMUR's coverage of the meeting in case you missed it.