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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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
Watch Rep. Kuster’s remarks here.
Putting Forth Solutions to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
Ensuring Access to Mental & Behavioral Health Care
My Special Guest at the State of the Union
Congresswoman Kuster at the DEA
High resolution versions of this and other photos are available here.
Substance abuse. Suicide. Mental illness. Childhood trauma.
On Tuesday, four individuals who have been on the front lines of New Hampshire’s addiction and mental health challenges will be in the House gallery when President Donald J. Trump delivers his State of the Union address to Congress.
Each year, senators and congressmen invite special guests to attend the speech. This year, members of New Hampshire’s delegation have invited: