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

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.  

Jul 6, 2017 Event

(Concord, N.H.) - Today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined healthcare providers, treatment and recovery experts, and people in recovery at Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord to highlight the impact of Senate Republicans’ healthcare legislation on mental health and substance misuse resources and treatment in New Hampshire. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Senate Republicans’ healthcare bill would cut $772 billion from the Medicaid program by 2026.

Jul 6, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, N.H.) - Today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined healthcare providers, treatment and recovery experts, and people in recovery at Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord to highlight the impact of Senate Republicans’ healthcare legislation on mental health and substance misuse resources and treatment in New Hampshire. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Senate Republicans’ healthcare bill would cut $772 billion from the Medicaid program by 2026.

Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, released the following statement on reports that Senate Republicans are adding $45 billion in opioid funding while slashing Medicaid funding:

Jun 27, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force led by Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) released its legislative agenda for the 115th Congress. The agenda includes commonsense, bipartisan legislation to address the opioid epidemic from the perspective of law enforcement, prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Jun 20, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today the leaders of Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Donald Norcross (D-NJ), released the following statements on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality study, which shows a national increase in opioid-related inpatient stays and emergency department visits.

Jun 20, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Representatives Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) have introduced the Road to Recovery Act – bipartisan legislation that would eliminate the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion for substance use disorder and help states expand access to inpatient treatment for its enrollees.

Jun 1, 2017 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friends,

New Hampshire has the second highest rate of opioid overdoses in the country, is twice the national average for opioid prescriptions, and last in access to treatment. We have lost more citizens than any other state in the nation to fentanyl overdoses, and last year, nearly 500 people died from overdoses. Substance use disorders do not discriminate based on race, age, gender, or class, and we have seen the epidemic impact every corner of the Granite State.

May 31, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) - Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) co-chairs of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, announced that Representatives Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) will serve as vice-chairs of the task force. 

May 31, 2017 Press Release

(Hanover, NH) – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) visited Dartmouth College for Tackling the New Hampshire Opioid Crisis: Harnessing the Power of Science to Break the Cycle to discuss the opioid epidemic and share updates on her work in Congress to address this issue. Kuster was joined by Dr.