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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

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

Jan 15, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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Jan 9, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), and Donald Norcross (NJ-01) are leading more than sixty of their colleagues in calling on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to prioritize policies that will help tackle the opioid epidemic.

Nov 29, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force, released the following statement on a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed a dramatic increase in deaths due to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl nationally.

Nov 2, 2018 Catching up with Annie

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Standing Up Against Hate

Oct 26, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), along with Representatives Katherine Clark (D-MA), Richard Neal (D-MA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Mike Capuano (D-MA), Stephen F.

Oct 26, 2018 Catching up with Annie

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Condemning Violence 

Oct 24, 2018 Press Release

(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 President Trump signing bipartisan, bicameral, and comprehensive opioid legislation into law. The legislation is the result of reconciliation between the House version of the bill, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R.

Oct 18, 2018 Press Release

(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 $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance to the City of Manchester. This grant will support the Manchester Police Department’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team Enhancement (ACERT) Project, which provides services to children exposed to trauma, including substance use, domestic violence and sexual assault.