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

Dec 4, 2017 Catching up with Annie

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Nov 30, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) joined Representatives Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Grace Napolitano (CA-32) today to introduce legislation to secure resources to directly combat the devastating opioid epidemic that has swept the nation. The Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act invests $45 billion into the prevention, detection, surveillance and treatment of opioid abuse.

Nov 30, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, is encouraged by today’s announcement by the Department of Justice to enhance law enforcement’s efforts in combating the nation’s opioid epidemic, including increased support for law enforcement agencies through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office. DOJ is announcing $7.19 million in FY2017 COPS funding through the Anti-Heroin Task Force Program of which New Hampshire law enforcement will receive $688,856.

Nov 29, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) is applauding last night’s passage of the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017. This legislation will improve mental health services for members of law enforcement and includes a requirement that the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs report on their mental health services so that best practices can be adopted by the Department of Justice.

Nov 27, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Today Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined Peter Wright, President and CEO of Valley Regional Hospital, and other senior hospital and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved a $19.4 million Community Facilities Loan to Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont. This loan will provide the hospital with significant savings and assist the parent company, Valley Regional Health Care, in acquiring certain hospital real estate assets, which will be leased back to Valley Regional Hospital.

Nov 17, 2017 Event

(Nashua, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, today joined city officials in Nashua to recognize the first anniversary of the Safe Stations program. The Safe Stations program allows people in need of help and addressing substance use disorder to go to a participating fire station to receive assistance.

Nov 17, 2017 Press Release

(Nashua, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, today joined city officials in Nashua to recognize the first anniversary of the Safe Stations program. The Safe Stations program allows people in need of help and addressing substance use disorder to go to a participating fire station to receive assistance.

Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Last night, the Senate passed the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act, legislation authored by Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force. The legislation would clarify current law to stipulate that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is required to disclose information to state controlled substance monitoring programs for anyone – veteran or non-veteran – who is prescribed these medications through VA.

Nov 15, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) - Today Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, and Congressman Richard Neal (MA-01) hosted a briefing by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for New England Congressional Members on the agency’s efforts to interdict illegal narcotics in the Northeast.

Nov 14, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today the House passed the Conference Report for the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included an amendment authored by Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) that will direct the Department of Defense (DoD) to study the opioid prescribing practices and training of DoD physicians. The DoD is one of the largest healthcare providers in the United States and improving prescribing practices would provide critical lessons that could be transferred to the larger medical community and the Department of Veterans Affairs.