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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(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 that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will award $5 million to the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs to help the Granite State workforce, which has been severely affected by the opioid epidemic.
In 2015, I co-founded the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force because it was clear that the opioid epidemic needed a comprehensive and unwavering response to match the seriousness of the growing crisis.
(Washington, DC) – Today, the House of Representatives passed comprehensive opioid legislation backed by Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force. H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, also includes Kuster’s legislation, the STOP Fentanyl Deaths Act.
(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 the announced retirement of the acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Robert Patterson:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, both D-N.H., helped advance 36 pieces of legislation targeting the opioid crisis.
“The opioid epidemic doesn’t discriminate and is impacting families and communities across New Hampshire and the entire country,” Kuster said. “I’ve focused on bringing together Republicans and Democrats to recognize the importance of a comprehensive response to this crisis that expands prevention, treatment, and long-term recovery as well as law enforcement and interdiction.
WASHINGTON, DC— After their strong advocacy for increased funding, Congresswomen Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today announced that the Granite State is gaining a significant increase in funding for treatment services. New Hampshire will receive $22.9 million for the remainder of this fiscal year through the SAMHSA State Opioid Response Grant Program.