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, U.S. Rep Annie Kuster (NH-02) and a group of bipartisan, bicameral legislators came together to announce an historic effort to highlight National Recovery Month in Congress throughout the month of September, including a Congressional Day of Action on September 16th.
The group of legislators includes:
Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, and Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01) applauded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Award of $28 Million in State Opioid Response (SOR) grants to help provide substance use disorder treatment throughout New Hampshire. Friday’s grant announcement from SAMHSA was joined by an announcement from the U.S.
**Rep. Kuster held two virtual roundtable discussions with experts and providers to hear updates on COVID-19 in health care and addiction treatment communities**
**View Rep. Kuster’s conversation with mental health and SUD experts here**
**View Rep. Kuster’s conversation with health care providers here**
Today, the House of Representatives passed the William (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains multiple provisions that Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) helped advance, including reopening the child care facility at the Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, investigating the causes of high unemployment rates for post-9/11 women veterans, and improving the Department of Defense’s efforts to prevent overdose deaths.
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.