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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 Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08).

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

Nov 1, 2019 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend,

Are You Covered for 2020?

Nov 1, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced $1,250,000 in Drug Free Communities (DFC) grants from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to 10 local drug prevention coalitions in New Hampshire. The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs and opioids, in Souhegan Valley, Nashua, Franklin, Jaffrey, Winchester, Haverhill, Raymond, Somersworth, Keene and the Upper Valley region.

Oct 30, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) led a bipartisan group of 25 Members of Congress in calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide an update on their actions to ensure VA clinicians are complying with a law that aims to prevent overprescribing of opioids to veterans.

Oct 25, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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Protecting Granite Staters with Preexisting Conditions

Oct 21, 2019 In The News

Years before he took over the Merrimack County Department of Corrections, Superintendent Ross Cunningham took a chance on another county’s correctional facility.

Facing overcrowding, Sullivan County was contemplating building a new jail. Instead, Cunningham advocated for something else: funding for mental health and substance use treatment within the jail.

The goal: Treat more people for substance use disorders inside to help them break a dangerous cycle when they get out. The results: A dramatic drop in re-incarceration rates, Cunningham said.

Oct 11, 2019 In The News

Ann McLane Kuster, a Democrat, represents New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District in the House and is co-chair of the House Bipartisan Opioid Task Force. Cory Booker represents New Jersey in the U.S. Senate and is a Democratic candidate for president.

Oct 4, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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Combating Youth Substance Use 

Oct 3, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice, announced today with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01), $664,673 in federal funds for New Hampshire through the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.

Sep 30, 2019 Press Release

(Milford, NH) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today joined Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll, as well as local students, school administrators, community leaders and youth advocates in a roundtable discussion at the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley in Milford on the importance of the Drug Free Communities support program, which provides funding to prevent youth substance use.

Sep 30, 2019 Event

(Milford, NH) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today joined Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll, as well as local students, school administrators, community leaders and youth advocates in a roundtable discussion at the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley in Milford on the importance of the Drug Free Communities support program, which provides funding to prevent youth substance use.