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.
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Watch Rep. Kuster’s remarks here.
Concord, NH – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined Granite State Progress for a discussion on H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act – historic legislation passed by the House in December that would lower the price of prescription drugs for all Americans by empowering Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies.
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(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today announced the award of $750,000 in federal funding to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to improve quality of care and reduce costs for pregnant and postpartum women struggling with substance use and their infants. This funding is distributed from the U.S.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, voted in favor of legislation in the House of Representatives that would put forward over $5 billion in funding to combat the opioid epidemic. Kuster has long advocated for robust funding to tackle this serious public health crisis.
Washington, D.C. – This week, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) successfully secured the inclusion of $10 billion in funding toward the opioid epidemic over the next five years in H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which the House will be voting on today.
**H.R. 3 also include Kuster’s bill to ensure Medicare Beneficiaries are enrolled in a plan that best suits their needs**