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
(Washington, DC) – Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Evan Jenkins (R-WV), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), and Donald Norcross (D-NJ), members of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, introduced the STOP (Surveillance and Testing of Opioids to Prevent) Fentanyl Deaths Act to address one of the most pressing public health dangers in the country. The STOP Fentanyl Deaths Act would create grant funding to assist states and municipalities in identifying fentanyl in both fatal and nonfatal drug overdoses.
(Washington, DC)—U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02), issued the following statements after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of $485 million, authorized through the 21st Century Cures Act, to combat the opioid crisis. Of this amount, New Hampshire will receive $3.1 million.
[April 9, 2018 – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) discusses efforts to address the opioid epidemic at the New Hampshire Medical Society in Concord, NH]
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(Concord, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, met with state and local leaders at the New Hampshire Medical Society to talk about the funding needs of New Hampshire and those on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic.
(Concord, NH) - Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, released the following statement on the U.S. Surgeon General’s advisory encouraging more Americans to carry the overdose reversal drug Naloxone:
**In letter to House Appropriators, Kuster and MacArthur advocated for robust NIH funding to address the opioid epidemic**
**Program made possible by influx of federal resources to tackle the opioid crisis**
**Shaheen, Hassan, Shea Porter & Kuster call for set-aside fund to go towards a “short and targeted list” of hardest hit states and establishment of a $10 million minimum for states on this list**
**Shaheen and Hassan, members of the Common Sense Caucus, helped negotiate the additional $3.3 billion and agreement to help the hardest hit states get their fair share**