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.
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Concord, NH – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, joined Representatives Harley Rouda (CA-48) and Ted Budd (NC-13) to introduce the bipartisan Drug-Free Communities Pandemic Relief Act. This bill would help ensure Drug-Free Communities coalitions can continue to operate and reduce youth substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rep. Kuster during the roundtable discussion. Watch the roundtable here.
Like so many of you, my heart breaks for the death of George Floyd, his family and loved ones, and the Minneapolis community. America is crying out in pain and frustration over the profound loss of over 100,000 lives from COVID-19 and the disproportionate impact on communities of color. Black Americans face an equally deadly virus in the racism and bias of their daily lives, culminating in violence, and even murder at the hands of the police.
This week, Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and John Curtis (UT-03) were joined by a bipartisan group of 17 Members of Congress in sending a letter to the Honorable Elinore McCance-Katz, the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), advocating for greater flexibilities in Substance Use Disorder (SUD) grants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Concord, NH —Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH) and John Katko (R-NY) introduced new legislation to create emergency grants for states and community-based organizations that serve individuals with substance use disorder (SUD). This bipartisan legislation will help to address the dual public health crisis of COVID-19 and the opioid epidemic.
Concord, NH - Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) sent a letter to New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, urging him to work to ensure that Granite Staters struggling with substance use disorder (SUD) can get the care and support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing, which is a critical strategy currently being practiced to slow the spread of COVID-19, is particularly difficult for vulnerable populations like those with SUD.
MANCHESTER, N.H. —
New Hampshire will receive $28.1 million in federal funding in 2020 to continue its efforts to combat the substance abuse crisis, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan announced Friday.
The funding will come in the form of State Opioid Response grants administered by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, known as SAMHSA.
Shaheen’s office said the state has now received about $92 million in federal funding to fight the crisis since 2016.
Bipartisan Solutions to the Opioid Crisis