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

Oct 6, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, Representatives Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), and Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) introduced the Opioid Addiction and Prevention Act of 2017, legislation to limit initial post-acute care opioid prescribing to ten days. The legislation would not preempt state law in states that have more limited timeframes for these prescriptions and would not have any impact on patients who utilize opioids for the regular management of chronic pain.

The members released the following statements:

Sep 29, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) is applauding the groundbreaking of Friendship House’s expanded treatment center in Bethlehem. Kuster wrote in support of funding through the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) for the construction of a new 32-bed facility to help expand services at the Friendship House, the North Country’s only short-term residential and outpatient treatment program

Sep 25, 2017 Catching up with Annie

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Sep 20, 2017 Event

(Salem, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, lead a roundtable discussion at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem on youth opioid education and prevention. The discussion, which drew an audience of community members, brought together local and state leaders addressing the opioid crisis and centered on the often overlooked impact of the epidemic on New Hampshire’s youth. Prior to the discussion, Congresswoman Kuster was given a tour of the Boys & Girls Club facility.

Sep 20, 2017 Press Release

(Salem, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, lead a roundtable discussion at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem on youth opioid education and prevention. The discussion, which drew an audience of community members, brought together local and state leaders addressing the opioid crisis and centered on the often overlooked impact of the epidemic on New Hampshire’s youth. Prior to the discussion, Congresswoman Kuster was given a tour of the Boys & Girls Club facility.

Sep 1, 2017 Press Release

(Wolfeboro, NH) - Today Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the first Member of Congress from New Hampshire to serve on the House Agriculture Committee in decades, took part in a rural development listening session with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Aug 11, 2017 Catching up with Annie

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Aug 10, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, led by Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), is encouraged by President Trump’s announcement that he is declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency. The Task Force is urging Congress and the Administration to work together to ensure that the Public Health Emergency Fund has the resources to take on the crisis.

Aug 10, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, led by Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) is calling on Congress and the Administration to take immediate, meaningful action to address the opioid epidemic. The Task Force is committed to working in a bipartisan way and with the Administration to advance solutions to this national crisis.

Aug 9, 2017 Press Release

(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, released the following statement on the lawsuit against Perdue Pharma issued by the New Hampshire Attorney General: