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.
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**$22.9 million awarded from SAMHSA, $3.6 million awarded from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and an additional $3.6 million awarded from Health Resources & Services Administration**
(Concord, NH) - Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force, released the following statement on Senate passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. The legislation will need to be reconciled with the legislation passed earlier this year in the House to address the opioid epidemic. Kuster helped to shepherd through provisions in the House important to expanding access to treatment, long-term recovery and prevention. The House passed H.R.
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(Concord, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) will award Harbor Homes a grant of $400,000 to support transitional housing for individuals and families impacted by substance use disorder. Kuster is the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force and has worked to strengthen treatment and recovery services in New Hampshire.
Delivering Results for New Hampshire Farmers
(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $2.1 million in Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. These grants include $700,566 to Londonderry, $735,612 to Windham and $642,964 to Hudson.
U.S. Congresswoman Ann McKlane Kuster met with staff at the Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough Thursday to discuss increased access to federal resources for opioid addiction and the challenges of rural health care.
In a round-table with hospital administrators and staff, Kuster outlined $3.2 billion in new funding that is being appropriated for the country to combat heroin and opioid misuse and abuse.
New Hampshire, as the hardest-hit state per capita when it comes to overdose deaths, will see a portion of that funding, she said.