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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

Sep 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH) testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee at the committee’s Members’ Day Hearing to advocate for legislation to help veterans with invisible wounds heal and increase support for survivors of military sexual assault.

Sep 6, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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Safe, Affordable Housing for Veterans

Sep 4, 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 the award of over $26.6 million in federal funding to help combat the substance use disorder epidemic. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the award of $22,982,608 in grants for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, under the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program.

Aug 30, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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Preventing Youth Substance Abuse

Aug 28, 2019 Event

Peterborough, NH – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) toured Monadnock Community Hospital and met with hospital leadership to discuss efforts to improve health care delivery for local residents. The visit was part of Kuster’s health care listening tour, which she launched in February. As a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Kuster has been highlighting the perspectives of people in New Hampshire as she works to lower costs and increase access to health care.

Aug 26, 2019 Press Release

Concord, NH – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), founding co-chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, issued the following statement after a judge found Johnson & Johnson responsible for fueling Oklahoma’s opioid crisis:

Aug 23, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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Aug 12, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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Supporting Substance Misuse Treatment and Recovery

Aug 6, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance has awarded New Hampshire $149,405 through the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Program.

Aug 5, 2019 Catching up with Annie

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We Must Act to Reduce Gun Violence